Album Reviews

Filthy Angels – L.A.F.A Review

Released By: Pirate Heart Records

Genre : Punky Glam Rock

Link : http://www.facebook.com/thefilthyangels

 

Lineup:

Matty James – Vocals, Bass

Philthy – Guitar, Vocals

Johnny Danger – Guitar, Vocals

Eden – Drums

 

Tracklist:

01. Borderline Mind

02. Destroy

03. Can’t Go Home

04. Anti-Social Emotion

05. Can’t Get Through

06. Lie Down And Die

07. Couldn’t Love Me

08. Just Might Make It

09. Roll All Over You

10. Getting It Right

 

As we all know, the music industry is changing, whether it’s for the better or not remains to be seen and I think it will still take quite a while to find out. Hearing a song on the radio and then going to a record store to pick up the album is a thing of the past, and with the internet age in full swing every band no matter how big or small has an avenue to get their music to the masses. But, like any form of artistic expression, music will always find a way. One of the forward thinking ways that bands are releasing music these days is through the Pledge Music campaign. For those that are unfamiliar with it, basically it’s a format where a band will ask for people to help them fund the album as it is being made and will reward buyers different rewards based on how much they pledged. FILTHY ANGELS used the service to fund their debut album, and because I have a copy of it right here in front of me you would have to say it’s been a success for them.

So it’s fair to say that L.A.F.A has already been sold directly to its target market, but what about beyond that? Well, it’s an interesting album to say the least and one that I’m sure many people will get behind if they manage to hear about it. Stylistically FILTHY ANGELS remind me a lot of bands like THE WILDHEARTS and THE ALMIGHTY in the sense that they combine the dirtier side of eighties sunset strip rock with the punk leanings of bands like THE JAM and THE RAMONES. All in all it makes for some loud and rowdy, catchy and melodic, simplistic everyman rock ‘n’ roll that’s easy to listen to and makes for great party music. The sing-along choruses get under your skin quite easily and I found myself familiarizing with most of them before each song was over.

LIE DOWN AND DIE is probably the catchiest of them all and is a song that RAMONES fans will instantly fall for, but there are a couple of other real pearlers here too in songs like the anarchistic DESTROY, early day GREEN DAY sound-alike CAN’T GO HOME and the woah-hoah fillied JUST MIGHT MAKE IT. L.A.F.A though, really is one of those albums that if you like one or two tracks you’ll enjoy the whole thing. It can be easy to get wrapped up in all of the intracies of rock music these days, but every now and then it’s nice to get an album that just gets to the point and rocks your socks off.

 

Written By ZeeZee

Rating : 7/10

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