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'United State'
Daryl Soar

daryl soar

I checked the band out and was really excited about getting their latest release. The album opens with 'The Lord Came Down'. My head was confounded, my brow furrowed, my foot tapped. Well, it fits the bill of yet-more-BRAND-NEW-SIN but something felt amiss. My foot insisted on tapping.


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Half way through the first song my head starting nodding and I was waiting for the chorus. Good old rock 'n' roll as only Lemmy would describe, only needing blue collar and beer drinking to complete the band's own definition. And it was getting me hooked.

The album continues with more foot tapping rock 'n' roll easing into the acoustic 'Rotten As Hell', followed by the acoustic opening 'Elbow Grease' that rocks its way into 'Infamous'.

It was about this time I realised the band was taking me on a journey and while I hadn't known it at the start. It was a journey I wanted to take.

Closer inspection of the band biog revealed a new guitarist had joined the established trio. I'm always sceptical of the lead-guitarist title as it frequently alludes to someone that insists on self abuse at the expense of the song. Tommy Matkowski's contribution to this album is an added depth and clarity to the hooks and melodies with the some splashes of tasteful lead-work.

Catchy words, catchy hooks, riffs and melodies, what's not to like? It isn't quite as full on in your face guitar heavy as I'd expected but the balance is good. It's what you would have expected, only with greater depth.

They've slipped into a softer feel which happens to work well in contrast with the heavier moments. The vocals are accordingly eased back and less aggressive and have a pure depth and charm that puts across the honest quality of the music.

I really like it, so much so I've revisited 'Rotten As Hell' a few times more than I should have done.

'United State' - best served with sun and a chilled beer.




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As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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