|Murder Bay - 'Never Was An Angel' (Eonian Records)|
|Written by Ross Welford|
|Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:30|
Here we go again with another slice of forgotten glam in the form of San Francisco's Murder Bay, and yet again we see what party poopers Nirvana and the like really were.
In 1990, Murder Bay were seemingly the next big thing; laying down a demo with a young Eric Valentine (who would go on to work with Slash, QOTSA and Good Charlotte amongst others) and having accolades such as being BAM magazine's #1 band to watch, Metal Edge's band on the rise award and generally being one of the top unsigned acts in the US metal scene. As they showcased for a major label who demanded they change with the times, they turned the offer down to move to LA.....whilst the record labels decided to move to Seattle and then begin the quick disintegration of every glam band out there. Mistake or just the inevitable?
'Land Of Plenty' sums the band up in 4 minutes; catchy hooks, grooves galore, kick ass vocals and rampant riffage. Seriously good stuff from the off and you'll be sat there thinking "Why have I never heard this before?" A one-off you might think but no, they follow that up with the equally great 'Honey Child' and all I'll say is that if they ever paly this at one of those '80s rock nights, you'll be clambering over the DJ booth looking wide-eyed to find out who it is whilst making the DJ afraid of big hair and stilettos in the process.
'Outta Line' may be a song about women but, listening to the lyrics, you'd believe it was written about their career in retrospect rather than 22 years ago - Jesus, that was a long time ago - but this all sounds fresh and focused. Non glam fanatics will slate it, saying they've heard it all before but when anything is done well, it really is worth a listen.
The sex groove of 'Ultraglide' reminds you of days when the Electric Boys slipped in the back door whilst Extreme were knocking on the front door asking politely for your daughter's hand. All the way through Murder Bay have that sexual edge of confidence, and further proof in songs such 'Dirty Work' and the title track maintain that thought, the former having that Extreme funkiness to it.
Special mention to the track 'Keep Me In Mind' not only for some great hard grooves but for giving me my daily fix of cowbell. Fuck yeah!
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