||QUIREBOYS SLEAZE ROCK RESURGENCE:
IF ROD STEWART FRONTED THE STONES...
Brit classic rock troupe The Quireboys have been enjoying a creative resurgence of late, releasing albums at a rate they'd have chortled at back in their 'salad days' in the late eighties/early nineties.
However, happily, this newfound Stakhanovite efficiency hasn't resulted in a drop in quality, as new album 'Twisted Love', released on 2nd September on On Yer Rocka Recordings, features easily some of the best material the band has committed to wax in its long, sometimes hapless career.
Closing song 'Midnight Collective', for instance, is a sleazy, almost sinister Stonesy strut that tells you all you need to know about the viability of The Quireboys as a songwriting entity in 2016. The track simply oozes class, with vocalist Spike running the show with his hoarse, 'something of the night' narrative style, whilst the rest of the band construct a slithering, sexy edifice to seventies funk-informed rock in the background. It's magnificent stuff and conjures mischievous thoughts of what a Rod Stewart-fronted Rolling Stones might have sounded like had such a momentous event come to pass forty years ago...
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Quireboys released the 'Twisted Love' EP on 19th August and you can listen to it on iTunes right here...
'Life's A Bitch' rocks like a particularly unreconstructed bastard as Spike airs a list of grievances to a former love gone sour, and the sassy, four-to-the-floor 'Stroll On' evokes memories of growing up on Canal Street in New York in the seventies with its r'n'b thud. Which is strange, because I never spent any time in Canal Street at all in the seventies. The power of music, eh?
Elsewhere, 'Shotgun Way' is mightily impressive, whilst the title track should be lighting up radios everywhere if there's any justice, and whilst Spike sometimes gets a bit overwhelmed by the roaring guitars of Paul Guerin and Guy Griffin - on the honking, Aerosmithy opening track, in particular, he sounds like he's struggling to hold his own against the blues storm being whipped up around him - that's a small price to pay to be able to hear the man reciting his sweet street poetry one more time. Wonderful stuff.
'Twisted Love' is released via Off Yer Rocka Recordings on 2nd September 2016.
The Quireboys Tour Dates
Tickets for UK dates are available here.
2nd September: Flytten, Haugesund, Norway
3rd September: Kulturpuben, Lillestrom, Norway
5th - 8th September: Full Metal Cruise, Germany
15th September: Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms, UK
16th September: Swansea, The Scene, UK
17th September: Stockton on Tees, UK
18th September: Paisley, The Bungalow, UK
Unplugged In Sweden
22nd September: Vasteras, Intiman, Sweden
23rd September, Finspang, Hugos, Sweden
24th September, Trollhattan, Backstage Rocker, Sweden
25th September, Stockholm, Debaser Ballroom, Sweden
1st-5th October MOR
14th October: Harvest Bar, Kvinesdal, Norway
15th October: Folken, Stavanger, Norway
Unplugged In Spain
20th October, Lemon Live, Madrid, Spain
21st October, 16 Toneladas, Valencia, Spain
22nd October, Sala Stereo, Alicante, Spain
23rd October, Sala Hall, Malaga, Spain
28th October: Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden
29th October: The Tivoli, Helsinborg, Sweden
4th November: Olsen Pa Bryn, Oslo, Norway
Unplugged in Italy
9th November: Legend Club, Milano, Italy
10th November: Officina Degli Angeli, Arbizzano, Italy
11th November: Sidro Club, Savignano Sul Rubicone (Cesena), Italy
12th November, Borderline, Pisa, Italy
13th November, Blah Blah Club, Torino, Italy
17th November: Kellerclub, Stuttgart, Germany
18th November: Airport Obertraubling, Regensburg, Germany
19th November: Paunchy Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany
20th November: Garage, Munich, Germany
21st November: Z7, Pratteln, Germany
23rd November: Turock, Essen, Germany
24th November: Rautenkranz, Barby, Germany
25th November: Logo, Hamburg, Germany
26th November: Das Bett, Frankfurt, Germany
Unplugged UK Tour
7th December: Zephyr Lounge, Leamington, UK
8th December: Live Rooms, Chester, UK
9th December: The Station, Cannock, UK
10th December: Corporation, Sheffield, UK
11th December: Borderline, London, UK
13th December: The Musician, Leicester, UK
14th December: The Tolbooth, Stirling, UK
15th December: Bannermans, Edinburgh, UK
16th December: Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
17th December: Rushden Athletic Club, Rushden, UK
Tickets for UK dates are available here.