Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
Reviews

Crash Kelly Penny Pills

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Monday, May 2, 2005 @ 1:40 AM


(Liquor & Poker Music)

- advertisement -
With a singer who looks and sounds a lil’ like Marc Bolan, a sound that’s a lotta Cheap Trick meets Sweet, and a ‘tude that’s just reeking of booze, blooze and tattoos, Toronto’s Crash Kelly saunter onto the scene with pouty vengeance. Taking some glimmer-glam and mixing it with hard rock muscle and punky swagger makes for a sleazy sound, as demonstrated by bands like the Wildhearts and or even recently resurrected Motley Crue, two bands I betcha Crash Kelly have in their collection in full (and on vinyl!) On Penny Pills, this four-piece outfit pays homage to their heroes and then some on a 12-song affair, complete with bonus music video.

Opener “She Gets Away” sets the stage nicely, with its hip shakin’ groove and sexy-snotty vocals, but things really get roarin’ on the awesome homage to Alice Cooper “Love Me Electric,” the album’s strongest cut. This tunes showcases everything the band
- advertisement -
is great at in one wallop: memorable hooks, big ol’ harmonies, massive riffs, and smarty-pants lyrics. It’s among the best slices of rock I’ve heard in a while. The title track is just pure UK glam circa 1973, complete with electric piano and cotton candy lyrics courtesy of leader Sean Kelly, while “11 Cigarettes” and “Wanna Be Like You” shows the band’s love for the Fab Four (the later sounding a little too close to Ginger’s lot though, if ya ask me). “You Don’t Know” and “Movie” are as KISS as any band has a right to be (the early years, don’t worry). The only real misstep here is “Irish Blessing ‘95” which is a sludgey pop take on…well….an Irish blessing. Not bad, just boring.

The end of the album is a bit of a hodge-podge, but fun nevertheless. “Something Hollywood” is a tasty instrumental that Jeff Beck would get a kick out of (and the heaviest thing here), while covers of Rainbow’s “Since You been Gone” and Cheap Trick’s “ELO Kiddies” remind us these guys were kiddies themselves in the ‘70s. All in all a rowdy, randy and rockin’ party that I would suggest rockers with a penchant for liquor, lipstick and lace attend.

* * * ½


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
SONS OF APOLLO In Orlando, FL With Photos!
MARILYN MANSON In Hollywood, CA With Photos!
IGNITOR Haunted By Rock & Roll
URIAH HEEP In Ottawa, Canada For Two Nights
AVATAR, THE BRAINS, HELLZAPOPPIN In Cleveland, OH With Photos!
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, RED FANG In Akron, OH With Photos!
L.A.GUNS In Portland, OR With Photos!
FU MANCHU Clone Of The Universe
SABER TIGER Bystander Effect
TORA TORA In Houston, TX With Photos!
SAXON Thunderbolt
WEAPONS OF ANEW The Collision Of Love And Hate
LOUDNESS Rise To Glory
EISLEY/GOLDY Blood Guts And Games
WAKE Misery Rites
G3 In Los Angeles, CA With Photos!
IN THIS MOMENT In St. Petersburg, FL With Photos!
STEEL PANTHER In Portland Photo Gallery
SCOTT IAN Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life Book
MAYHEM In Sydney, Australia With Photos!
JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES It's Alive!
RANDOM EYES Grieve No More
ENSIFERUM Two Paths
BELPHEGOR Totenritual
PINK CREAM 69 Headstrong
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News