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Released: 2004, Sanctuary
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Combining the southern blues groove of early Black Crowes with Cheap Trick/glam riffs is the order of the day on Hurricane Party’s GET THIS EP. The U.K. band is obviously riding on the wave created by The Darkness last year but Richie Hevanz voice doesn’t have you reaching for the razor blades like Justin Hawkins’ does and Hurricane Party hasn’t reduced itself to a played-out novelty act. Hevanz voice channels the hard rock gods of the 70s and the sleaze rock riffs of Jonny Rocker (I know, I know…"Jonny Rocker"??) are the backbone to these five tracks.
“Roadstar” features all the guilty pleasure of a Cheap Trick song. Rocker’s riffs are chunky and wrap themselves around some great melodic choruses. “Last Survivor” is a rollicking bluesy stomp complete with Hammond organ and sludgy slide guitar. “Crown of Thorns” is like a forgotten track from the Black Crowes’ stunning debut. “Big Rock Show” is a big ol’ dumb anthemic rawk song but the riff just smokes! “Killer” continues the groove with a fast rocker and another stellar riff. The guitar gods have clearly touched this band and they show no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeve.
There really aren’t any tracks that are throwaways here. Hurricane Party is a stripped-down, straightforward rock band with a lot to offer if GET THIS is any indication. Even though they are from jolly old England, Hurricane Party seems to have their finger on the pulse of southern-influenced hard rock and even some Sunset Strip sleaze of the late 80s. Black Crowes, KISS, L.A. Guns and Cheap Trick fans should take note of this release.
KILLER KUTS: All
2. Last Survivor
3. Crown of Thorns
4. Big Rock Show
Robin Hirschfield—Lead Guitar
Jonny Rocker—Rhythm Guitar
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