Backstreet Girls – ‘Don't You Mess With My Rock And Roll’ (Voices Of Wonder Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:20

Backstreet Girls artworkBackstreet Girls keep on rocking, never stopping. Norway's hardest rocking boogie boys return with 'Don’t Mess With My Rock And Roll' - and we can all shout a big “AMEN” to that!


The quartet - consisting of Petter Baarli, Bjørn Müller, Dan Thunderbird and Martin H-Son - do rock ‘n’ roll…it's as simple as that. They don't fuck about and they don't do ballads they simply rock. It's not rocket science and it's not complicated.


Without further ado, 'Wild Women And Bad Bad Boys' enter the fray with a throbbing bass, and then some oh so sweet riffola: we’re balls deep in rock and roll. It's no-nonsense and with a bottleneck slide, we hit the chorus hard: along with the likes of Junkyard, this genre of hard rock n roll is in demand - but only when its done properly… and with someone like Petter Baarli on the six-string how can you fail? Lead track is the nasty sounding 'Rolling With the Stones', which is brimming with energy and a perfect introduction to the world of Backstreet Girls.


'Jaguars' is begging to be played loud- and I mean LOUD! It's snotty punky hard rock that will raise anybody's blood pressure and it won't take 'til the second chorus to get you pumping your fist in the air and singing along. Sure, it's messing with the Rose Tattoo/’DC formula, but they do throw in some Boys and Johnny Thunders punk rock ‘n’ roll to give it some edge. They were certainly born to boogie, and then some, and have perfected their craft. The production is fantastic: it lets the songs breathe and adds some weight to songs like 'Hound Dog Taylor Made', whilst 'Down To Kill' sounds like an excellent night out with a throat full of gravel: it tells a tale of Johnny Thunders, and I love the Chuck Berry fills mixed up with those neck dive bombs Johnny used to do all the time.


Ten songs are more than enough for any man to handle safely, and by the time 'Radio' rattles through your skull like a Ramones song you're tempted to reach for the volume control – but, I urge you not to tap out: stick with it, boys and girls, because the rewards are plenty. 'Back Again' is pure Chuck mixed with nitro, whilst 'Psycho' is a brooding stalking killer of a song that moves slowly but with purpose and an air of menace. Settle down, boogie boys, because to finish off we get the full horn section honking like a good ‘un as the boys shake their shit outta here.


Another record from Backstreet Girls and another big thumbs up from me. I do keep waiting for their big fuck off Ballard, but they refuse to relent: maybe next time they'll throw in a curveball and do a whole album of slow songs… Nah, I don't think so either. Once again these Norweigan rockers haven't messed with my rock and roll - and once again I'm left smug with the satisfaction that they've delivered another long player that'll shake rattle and roll my speakers time and again.


‘Don't You Mess With My Rock And Roll’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


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