Released by: Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Release Date: Out Now!!!
Genre: Hard Rock/Blues
Pontus Snibb: Vocals & Guitar
Anders Rosell: Guitar
Martin Ekelund: Bass
Niklas Matsson: Drums
2. Backroom Entertainment
3. Bad As Clint
4. Rock N’ Roll Skal
7. Better Safe Than Sorry
8. Liquid Lover
9. Suburb Baby Blues
“WTF” will probably be first three words uttered upon listening to opening and title track of Bonafide’s latest release. “Bombo” is sung on the opening line as if delivered by a barber shop quartet rather than a hard rock band. Thankfully, the style soon changes and we return to what Bonafide do best, namely 3 minute plus hard rock tracks in the style of classic Bon Scott era AC/DC and Pontus Snibb does by far the best Bon Scott impression ever delivered by a Swede.
Anyone with a liking for that hard rocking Aussie sound will immediately feel at home with the album and as the band tour constantly in support of it, you get a sense that they have really honed their style and delivery to appeal to that particular crowd.
On ‘Bad as Clint’ we get a whistled intro which is closer in tone thankfully to ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ than ‘Winds of Change’ before the band launch into a song about our tough as nails drifter riding into town, making his own rules and firing off his six-shooter. Great stuff if you’re a fan of the great man.
Bonafide never drift too far away from the style they’ve now become known for since the band’s inception in 2006. There’s even a track on here called ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ which confirms the band know what they can do and do very well. Lyrically the music too is a fit for that hard rocking era and on ‘DTRD’ the band explain why they have been on tour constantly, simply to Drink The Rider Dry.
On ‘Harmony’ a change in pace to a more mellow electric blues ballad shows that the band are not a one trick pony and bring something new to the overall mix of tracks on the album. Snibb maintains his gravelly, smokey, working men’s club voice but it fits neatly with the softer guitar led track.
With ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ although as noted it could refer to sticking to what you know works musically, lyrically it’s more of a ‘love’ song, ensuring you don’t get caught out by the ladies wanting a bit more from you than just a good time. Always “bring your mind to the party” sings Snibb. Perhaps one or two lucky escapes in his time maybe?
Mikael Fässberg aids and abets Snibb on guitar but has now left the band to be replaced for the current touring line up by Anders Rosell. Martin Ekelund and Niklas Matsson bring the groove to the tracks most notably on ‘Suburb Baby Blues’ where legs must be spread to the 8:20 position on the clock face and heads must be banged in unison as the band charge through a track that again sees a shift in style towards classic Status Quo, proving they can mix things up when they need to.
Final track ‘8-Ball’ reaffirms the dusty sawdust floored bars that might be found in the outback (perhaps less so in the cold Swedish winters though!) and conjures images of worn pool tables, hanging out with your mates, hustling the outsiders for a few dollars and of course ‘drinking’.
Overall if you like your music Aussie, like a drink and want to throw more shrimps on the barbie, then this album is for you. Simple straight forward electric blues driven rock music with the sort of energy and drive not seen in the elder statesmen anymore.
Written by Adrian