Carousel Vertigo – ‘Revenge Of Rock N Roll’ Review

Released by: Molano Music

Release date: 29 September 2017

Genre: Blues Rock ‘n Roll

Links: Bandcamp , Facebook

 

Line-up:

Vincent Martinez: Lead Vocals, Guitar

Jansen Press: Guitar, Vocals

Olivier Brossard: Bass, Vocals

Jimmy Montout: Drums, Vocals

 

Track Listing:

01 No More Hesitatin’

02 Honey Do.

03 Revenge of Rock and Roll.

04 Jackie Run Run.

05 Hideaway.

06 Hard Luck Lover.

07 Get It On.

08 Well, Alright.

09 Don’t take It To Heart.

10 May, I Might.

 

‘Revenge of Rock and Roll’ was released by Molano Music on September 29, 2017. Rock is dead, long live rock!

If you feel like you’re a missing some rock je ne sais quoi in your life, look no further than the Carousel Vertigo.  The Paris based foursome of three French and one American ….obviously LOVE pure rock, honky-tonk and southern influences.

Formed by Vincent Martinez and Jansen Press, Carousel Vertigo has attracted none other than Garry Tallent, the long-serving bass player with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, who is a guest on the album.

The opening track has echoes of the awesome chorus intro in Slaughter’s ‘Up All Night’, but it quickly opens out into a great anthem….’No More Hesitatin’ for me…. on to the next blistering, ‘Honey’ a rollicking boogie-woogie of a treat, think The Quire Boys and Molly Hatchet, with a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, revving it up in a spit and sawdust saloon!

‘Revenge Of Rock N Roll’ is a most definite call to rock n roll action!  A positive, uplifting yell out for all those rock n rollers out there with a honky-tonk feel and bold brass section…..

Bluesy guitar brings the stomping intro of ‘Jackie Run Run’ neatly into a raunchy scream fest from Vincent…boy can that guy wail!  And the guitar solo is sweet 70’s music heaven to my ears! My favourite from the whole album, plus I do like the jolly good use of a cowbell!!!

Slipping in slow, sexy and sweetly is ‘Hideaway’, the perfect blues rock ballad….whilst ‘Hard Luck Lover’ brings a little piece of 80’s rock to this stunning piece of work which you can imagine being played at The Roxy in LA on a hot steamy, summers night.  No surprise then that this is one of my favourites too!

‘Get It On’ smacks you in the face with the fast-paced energy and enthusiasm that these boys seem to have in abundance. 

With a healthy dose of harmonica introducing the fabulous “Well, Alright” and laid back raw vocals, you just want to be that hobo nodding his head on that southern freight train heading to Honkytonksville

‘Don’t Take It To Heart’, is an interesting and heartfelt tribute to a city that was rocked by the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

The grand finale to this offering provides 70’s keyboards and guitar that feed you with a Deep Purple and Whitesnake, denim, flared fantasy on ‘May, I Might’…nice one lads!

If it is pure rock with a soupcon of honky-tonk and a bluesy, southern twist that you need …..fill your boots with this French fancy!  An album you will keep reaching for in your collection…because you won’t want ‘Revenge Of Rock N Roll’ absinthe from your sound system for too long!

 

Written by: Francijn Suermondt

Ratings: 9/10

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