entre ellos AC/ DC, pasando por el primer disco de Jackyl
Por casualidad llegó este disco a mis manos, recordándome a tantas cosas que debo reconocer que la primera escucha no fue fulminante en cuanto a quedarme prendada de él. Más tarde, y con otra predisposición, empiezan a bailar nombres sobre mi cabeza, entre ellos AC/ DC, pasando por el primer disco de Jackyl que, como no puede ser de otra manera, también fue comparado con los grandes. Me recuerda aquellos grupos sureños, los cambios de ritmo sobretodo, pese a que Sideburn son suizos. Algunos temas se me hacen pesados, como el que da título a este trabajo, “Gasoline”, por su insistente repetición del estribillo, aunque he de reconocer que acaba enganchándote. La voz del cantante, Roland Pierrehumbert (ex Genocide), es brutal, desgarrada pero con un sonido muy nítido, entre Bon Scott y Steven Tyler ( me refiero al timbre, ya que la manera de cantar es más austera que la de mr. Tyler). Los riffs de guitarra te enroscan cual serpiente junto al bajo y la batería que consiguen marcar un ritmo endemoniado. 8 / 10.
If you are an AC/DC fan, you should check Sideburn.
If you are an AC/DC fan, you should check Sideburn. This Swiss hard-rock band releases their third album, Gasoline. If you know Krokus, I would say that Sideburn plays the same type of music. In other words, cool hard-rock music of the 80's influenced by the famous Australian band :)
Sideburn are Roland Pierrehumbert (vocals), David Pariat (lead guitar), Fred Gudit (rhythm guitar), Michel Demierre (bass) and Lionel Blanc (drums). I had the chance to discover this band on stage when I saw Dio last year. They did a great opening show. Crocodile (previous album) received good reviews from the press and Gasoline continues where the previous album ended. Rock 'n' Roll 'til you drop :)
Baby Don't Care makes a great start: a bluesy rock 'n' roll song, sending you directly to the first AC/DC albums. The second track, Gasoline, is a much faster song, filled with powerful guitars, strong bass lines and catchy riffs. The chorus gets printed in your mind in no time. When I listen to this track, I have a feeling to be in my car, with a bottle of whisky in my hand, "eating" the California's desert highways at full speed. Gangster Lover's riff remind me an old Accept track on Objection Overruled (Donation) : the rhythm lead your foot to the ground, your head slowly moves to the right and the left and the chorus does the rest. Excellent track.
Black Sheep could have been used on Back In Black album ... well I would say that the influences are evident like the nose in the middle of your face. Don't misunderstand me, this is not a copy-paste track. There is just this ambiance, this rhythm that any AC/DC fans on this planet recognize immediately. Black Sheep remains an excellent track. And it goes likes this from AC/DC, Krokus, old Accept and the traditional Swiss hard-rock trademark ...
The riff on Boots For Hire reminds me Guns N Roses (You Could Be Mine) and is an excellent ending track.
In conclusion, the album has some great moments, but overshadowed by a taste of "déja-vu". Once you surpass these moments, you’ll realize that Gasoline is a good release that certainly worth your attention.
Here in Switzerland we have Krokus, Gotthard, Crystal Ball and Shakra. If you are a fan of these bands, you must check Sideburn :)
Killing Songs : Gasoline, Black Sheep, Gangster Lover, Boots For Hire.
Good rock'n'roll the Sideburn way. Nice work guys !
Switzerland's Sideburn are without a doubt one of the most consistent acts I've heard in awhile.
The band play in the same area as Rhino Bucket or AC/DC. Not too sophisticated by any means,
but nonetheless enjoyable at the same time. How do bands such as these maintain their audiences?
One word that was mentioned before, 'Consistency'. Sideburn embrace this once again with their
latest rocker 'Gasoline'. The only downside to this release is it may be a bit hard to find for us
Stateside fans. It is worth searching out though. With that out of the way, lets move on with more
on the album. The album opens with 'Baby Don't Care' which is classic Sideburn and then goes into
the quicker tempo blues based rocker 'Gasoline' which is obviously the title track as well. It's also
one of my favorites. Staying upbeat is 'Walls Of Shame' and 'Gangster Lover' which keep the sound
of the album. 'Black Sheep' is a flowing rocker that would fit well into early 80's AC/DC in structure.
Another number I like is 'Trouble Maker' which is another faster rocker that will have you thinking
of that other band. 'Giov in L.A.' is a laid back listen with 'Never Kill The Chicken' injecting a dose
of humor. You can't help but smile on this one. There are some other cool riff rockers on this one
that round out the listen including 'Boots For Hire' and 'Rip It Up'. I like the guitar sound on 'Attitude'.
The Swiss really embrace the riff rock sound and have for quite some time. Other acts such as
Shakra or Krokus allow Sideburn to fit in well. As a matter of fact, Sideburn recently went out on
tour with Krokus. The band will also play a show with Shakra coming up in a few months. I think
the band continue to grow with each release. This particular album has a confidence about it and
should gain new fans along the way. The band makes it loud to be played loud!
I really dig Sideburn. These guys aren't afraid to use a tried and tested formula via AC/DC and
just let it all hang out. The music is that kind of Riff Rock with vocals somewhere between Bon
Scott and maybe Mark from Shakra. If you haven't heard Shakra I guess that doesn't help, but
vocally the band is raw as is the music. The band play it like they are in the garage. Good honest
rock and roll the Sideburn way. Nice work guys!
The CD really rocks !
SIDEBURN, the combo from the Francophone Switzerland, released a great new album named
GASOLINE. The CD really rocks and can't conceal their Australian influences. So you hear a mixture
between ROSE TATTOO and AC/DC at every turn. Roland Pierrehumbert (voc) sounds very strong like
Angry Anderson, the rhythm section around Fred Gudit (rhythm guitar), Michel Demierre (bass) and
Lionel Blanc (drums) live up to Malcolm & Co. and David Pariat (lead guitar) is also excellent. In spite
of these similarities, I will beware of shrug off the guys as a copy. The Swiss managed it to produce
a very varied and independent album. Completely after the slogan: you can groove and rock in
different ways. First they do it with fast and punky songs like ROSE TATTOO did (GASOLINE, RIP IT UP
or TROUBLE MAKER). Then there are tracks which sounds like AC/DC, for example the killer tune
GANGSTER LOVER or BLACK SHEEP which reminds me to the old Bon Scott times. From time to time
it veer more toward blues like on GIOV IN L.A. But the diamond among the jewels is definitely
NEVER KILL THE CHICKEN. And that’s not only because I'm especially animal loving, but the track has
a honky-tonk touch with the addition from the harmonica, and that's really cool. The album
was produced by Juerg Naegeli (Krokus) and thus it's completely Swiss made. And this stand for quality
as it's generally known. I just say Swiss Army Knife, chocolate and Matterhorn. 9/10
I've discovered them a long time ago but, without reason, I've forgotten them after a while. It's a real pleasure to listen them again. Absolutely pure rock'n'roll, no doubt about that. If you love AC/DC, Sideburn is for you!