Title: Lipstick Love AffairLabel: Independent Release
an old school Hair Metal addict I'm just spinning a little
Crue, Ratt, Poison and even rolling out some D’Molls to
get my groove on too, and to day-dream about the heyday of
The Sunset Strip, the hedonistic Whiskey-A-Go-Go, The Roxy
the Rainbow, all the haunts of the 80’s glam era, and with
Motley Crue announcing their final tour, it would seem that
those days are long gone.
fear not, it's not yet time to pack away your cowboy boots,
dig out your leather pants and bandana’s as the cream of
Hamburg Sassy Society, are keeping the Sunset vibe going
with their brand new full length album ‘Lipstick Love
Affair’, as Mark LeBosh, Robin Stardust, Aaron Cobra, John
Joe and Alex Lizzy, bring Glam Rock kicking and screaming
out to darkness and once more back into the light.
album is pure kick-ass rock n' roll, as anyone who caught
the bands debut EP will agree. The band have taken
those six tracks and built on them with 12 new sleaze driven
rockers to listen to while you're downing your Jack n' Coke.
get off to a great start with the statement rocker
‘Don’t Mess With The Boys’, a gritty slab of sleaze
that has more than its fair share of 'Appetite for
Destruction' influence, but it’s the next track 'Sassy
Time' that really starts to show that the band have a bit of
substance about them. This for me should have been the
opener as this is where the EP left off for me.
same can be said about the riff laden ‘Broken
Baby’. Yes the vocals have the Axel Rose vibe about
them, but it’s the hard edged guitar sound that drives
this one, and that big guitar sound carries on into the
rocking ‘Red Light’, before the tempo is brought down
just a touch with ‘Ashley’, which leads nicely into the
ballad ‘Down The Road’, the bands 'Every Rose'...
tempo is brought right back up with the funky sleazy bluesy
feel of ‘True Love’, again featuring a touch of the
Axel’s about the vocals on this one, although my favourite
track off the album has to be the title track ‘Lipstick
Love Affair’, this is modern sleazy rock at it's very
There is a short interlude with the piano fuelled ‘Prelude’, which leads up to ‘Black Roses’, a darker more moody slab of sleaze, before another of my favourite tracks off the album, the rocking ‘Game I Play’. Sadly all good things must come to an end and the album closes out with the anthemic ‘Can't Control Rock n' Roll’, a slow burner that just builds into a cacophonic wall of tuned down guitars, pounding bass lines and rip snorting drums, all good stuff to wrap up what is a decent enough debut. I’d like to see a bigger production for album number two, I’d also I like to see what these guys are like live because I think for this quintet, it's going to be all about rocking it live.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Mess With The Boys
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