JONATHAN CHURCHILL: DEFENDING OUR ISLAND
'Vegas Or Bust'
21st September 2011
Cheerleader, the visceral new Swedish hard rock band, have been confirmed as special guests on Warrior Soul's UK and Irish tour, which hits London this week (22nd September).
Debut album, 'Vegas Or Bust', is released on 24th October and is well worth a listen. Having just reviewed Denmark's Shotgun Revolution, I'm coming to the conclusion that the Nordics just cannot produce a bad band!
This is an exciting debut. Cheerleader's influences include a huge range of classic and modern rock, including Aerosmith, The Cult, Foo Fighters and Hellacopters, and it shows on an album which never sits still or follows the expected groove.
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Track five, 'The Pirate Song', is a case in point - an offbeat rock sea-shanty with an infectious chorus. Or album closer, 'Whatever You May Be', which ends in a lengthy freestyling guitar-solo that grabs your attention and doesn't let go.
Lead single, 'My Love To Someone Else', shows the versatility of the band and is a great radio-friendly launch pad.
When I first listened to this album, I immediately replayed it as soon as it'd finished, which is rare. It's exciting, unpredictable and cool. Apparently, Warrior Soul's Kory Clarke was so impressed when he heard it that he offered them the support slot.
After the London Underworld gig, the tour continues as follows:
23 - Glasgow Ivory Blacks
24 - Edinburgh Bannerman's
28 - Grimsby Yardbirds
29 - York The Duchess
30 - Gwent The Steelhouse
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Jonathan Churchill. MetalTalk.net
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