Attitude – Attitude EP
All apologies now if some/all of this is incoherent in the light of day. You see, as I wrote this, I was in my cups! A lovely merlot was slowly reaching the bottom of the bottle as I sat here and listened to tunes. Life is grand!
This is an EP I’d promised Mike I’d drunk review waaaaay back last summer. These tracks have sat in my inbox for months and months. The email even says I should wait until after he got back from last year’s Sausagefest! Yeah, I’m a little late on this one.
Holy Motley Crue, Batman! The vocals are Vince all the way, as much as they’re an amalgam of every other glam metal howler of the era, too. The guitars in the intro of On Your Feet even remind of Motley’s Dr. Feelgood. This is total 80s hair metal, and you know something, for what it is, it isn’t bad. It’s even got the requisite acoustic guitar semi-rock ballad about missing somebody while they’re away (Miles From Home).
In my emails from Mike, he said track 4, a tune called Shake, is his favourite. He’s right, it at least has a bit of a blues swagger to its glam sheen. The occasional machine gun drumming is a bit distracting for me, though – sometimes drummers can throw something like that in and it fits, and sometimes they do it and it sounds like they wanted to be sure they included that new trick they just learned to do, somewhere on the new tape! This is the latter. Probably my favourite is the last track, Armed And Ready. It’s bluesy and it really cooks. To me, this is the single, if they were gonna release one, at the time.
They later got pummelled by the grunge wave, changed their sound and became a band called Jesus Christ. I’ve reviewed that one, in these pages (also a drunk review!). I can’t decide if theirs was a wise move or not… Not the name change, I mean the sound… Changing up your sound to fit the next movement is weak (Hello, Bon Jovi!), but hair glam bands like this were getting crushed and sent back to their job at Blockbuster Video in droves at the time, so I suppose good on ‘em for trying to keep it alive however they could.
I liked this. It could be the wine talking, but I did enjoy it, for what it is!