In the run up to the release of Steve Rothery’s studio album, Ghost of Pripyat, he played two gigs with his band and this album is taken from the second of those – the first having already been released. It’s an unusual move in that I have now heard all but the title track from the studio album – they’re even in the same order! But saying that, it’s a move that might just pay off as the material in question is stunning.
They just do what rock and roll music should do: kick your ass, get your head bobbing, and get your foot tapping. Once you move past the initial obvious of what you’re hearing, you realize they’re not a copy as much as they are brothers in arms with bands like Buck Cherry in that they’re carrying on the tradition set by bands like Kix, Helix, and so many others years ago.
Kory Clarke’s “Payback’s A Bitch” overflows with creativity capturing both classy and modern sounds with songs that, on their own, will be like a good friend accompanying you in every life situation you can imagine, from sad and thoughtful to fun and rebellious, but as a whole might confuse you a bit. Although the record itself doesn’t have a specific style, it still shows variety and talent in every single song and will at least have one song (if not more) that you’ll love for sure.