Monday, March 27, 2006

The STABILISERS "Last Chance Saloon" CD (2005) english translation



...for our friends from outside Italy, voilà the translation of my The STABILISERS (London '77 pop-punk style, with ALLAN (ex PRISONERS...we love them!) review, that I just made for the band's site http://www.thestabilisers.com/reviews.html. Sorry if it is not a perfect translation but ...always less difficult to understand than the italian one I suppose:) :
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The PRISONERS (along with The Barracudas, LONG RYDERS etc. etc.) are one of my favourite bands of all times.I too owne a very rare EP of them of the mid 80s (a split with The STINGRAYS , THE TALL BOYS etc.) .
Their mixture of r'n'b , pop-punk, UK freakbeat and psychedelia "Chocolate Soup For Diabetics / Perfumed Garden" golden age era was something of absolutely unique and wonderful (fantastic).So it is with great pleasure that I review the most recent derivation of that great band.
The Stabilisers are in effect formed by (along with Jon Bott, Simon Corbey e Francis Braithwaite) Allan Crockford , historical bass player of the Prisoners (and too of JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET , HEADCOATS and SOLAR FLARES : other wonderful psychedelic band in my opinion , I advice you them).
“Last Chance Saloon” is a very good album where, at difference that in the SOLAR FLARES, prevails more the punk-pop-pub rock side written in the genetic code of The Prisoners.
As a matter of fact in the sound of the Stabilisers are very evident recalls to the more pure tradition of the UK ’77 pop-punk (I mean The DAMNED, GENERATION X, The RINGS , early JAM); or to the more classical mod-punk of the early 80s (LONG TALL SHORTY, PURPLE HEARTS etc.).
All this is then mixed with the garage “roughness” that was typical of the MILKSHAKES or of the early DR. FEELGOOD.
At least 6-7 tracks of the album in my opinion show a pure , higher class r’n’r and are evidently superior to the average of the nowadays punk rock bands.I refer to “Now & Forever", "Consider" , "Get A Grip" e "Your Love"( pure “dynamite” mixes between punk and r’n’b); “She Wants It All The Time”(with one of the most splendid punk-pop choruses I’ve listened lately); and to the wonderful “Born To Kiss Arse”, pure London ’77 punk; a sort of The DAMNED meets GENERATION X meets The BOYS.
In a music business market always more inflationeted with emaciated stuff, with a certain indie-rock more and more similar to a dull mathematics written exercise , voilà a tough band that bring us back to the “tough”, smokey atmospheres of that pub rock where all the new indie rock begun.
Michele Ballerini

http://popartx.blogspot.com
some news: Allan wrote me that in summer is ready the new cd of the band,...you can download some mp3 at:
http://www.myspace.com/thestabilisers

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