Album Reviews

Sister Hyde – Sister Hyde

Released By : Heart Of Steel Records

Genre: Glam Rock, Punk

Links: http://www.myspace.com/sisterhyde

Lineup:

Hyde – Vocals, Guitar

Mitch Sinwell – Guitar

Jeff Mod – Bass

Glenn Russhell – Drums

Tracklist:

1.You Look Better On Myspace

2. I’m Not A Victim

3. I’m your Fan

4. Isolate

5. I like It With The Lights On

6. Pills And Liquor

7. The Movers And The Shakers

8. Surfin’ On Napalm

9. Sinner

10. Beautiful Tonight

11. Rolla Costa

12. Corporate Guru

13. The Malice In People

14. Punk Is Dead

15. Jennifer Maerz’s Best Friend

16. What You Want

17. Reel Tuff Dude

SISTER HYDE are a new glam punk band that was formed in 2006 in Seattle. The style they play is quite unique as there aren’t many bands doing this kind of music at the moment. The overall vibe is mix between early day glam rock inspired by people like ALICE COOPER, DAVID BOWIE and T-REX, and the punkier elements of artists like IGGY POP, THE MISFITS and MOTLEY CRUE.

There is not a whole lot of information available on the internet about the band nor was the promo very informative, so I can’t really go into as much detail as I usually like to, but really all you need to know is that this is one of the better pure old-school glam rock albums I’ve ever heard. Frontman HYDE is a ready made superstar and is a mix between MARC BOLAN, ALICE COOPER and a little bit of MARYLIN MANSON. His vocals are excellent and he has just the right amount of snarly accent and swagger without sounding pretend or arrogant.

YOU LOOK BETTER ON MYSPACE is a great fun song and the lyrics are almost toward WEIRD AL YANKOVIK territory but not quite, it’s a great punky glam song for a new generation. I LIKE IT WITH THE LIGHTS ON sounds like MICK JAGGER singing for AC/DC and is definitely a highlight song. CORPORATE GURU is a dirty, fast punk song with another great lyric. The vocals on PUNK IS DEAD remind me a lot of GLENN HUGHES. JENNIFER MAERZ’S BEST FRIEND is another clear stand out toward the end of the album that reminds be of  THE SEX PISTOLS, THE RAMONES, THE ROLLING STONES and MOTLEY CRUE all at the same time, an eclectic mix to be sure, but boy does it work.

The only shortcoming of the album is in it’s length. Seventeen songs may sound like good value for money, but I feel the band could have dropped a couple of the tracks and made it into a more concise twelve or thirteen song album. Definitely worth checking out for anyone that’s into the punky glam sound.

Written By ZeeZee

Rating: 8/10

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