Released: Out Now
Genre: Flamenco Glam Punk
1/. Duende a Go Go Loco
2/. I Got it all
4/. Whats it like to be a Girl?
5/. The Ballad of Tommy Shelby
6/. Like Tears in the Rain
7/. Thrill Kill Killer Club
8/. Maybe Tomorrow
9/. I’ll Remember You
10/. Come on Eileen
11/. Jet City (bonus)
Gypsy Lee Pistolero – Vox,
Shane Pistolero Sparkz –Guitars,
Kerry Pistolero White – Bass,
Crag Pistolero Shape – Drums,
If gene splicing scientists had created the Gypsy Pistoleros, they would have a certain set of ingredients in front of them to arrive at this raucous mix of glam rock, theatrical rock and shambolic punk. Firstly, one has to look at the 60s set rock musicals like ‘Rocky Horror Show’ and perhaps a dash of ‘Grease’ to ensure we are blessed with the sort of harmonies that somehow 4 people manage to deliver instead of an ensemble cast. Then we pick up a healthy slice of 70s British glam rock. There’s no denying the similarity to the drum sound of The Glitter Band and for the sake of discussion I’m focusing on the musicians that initially backed the disgraced singer before heading out on their own to craft seven UK Top 20 hit singles in the mid-1970s, and three hit albums. Just check out the single below to see what I mean.
The flamenco sound that the band have added to their music that gives them the special sauce and, in their own words, makes them “the ideal house band for the fictitious Titty Twister bar of Rodriguez’s From Dusk Til Dawn. Between the nods to Morricone’s tense, tumbleweed atmospheres and the Gypsy Kings’ manic Mediterranean energy, a New York Dolls raw glam spark and a surplus of prime G ’n’ R attitude!”
Now I’m all for self promotion and when line like that is delivered then one has to pay attention and to be fair the band truly nail that dusty Mexican cantina sound perfectly. Again, avoiding the vampires and killers when you rock up on your new bike in your shiny leather jacket!
The Dog’s vibe gets a healthy dose of Hanoi Rocks on ‘Like Tears In The Rain’ and it’s fair to say this deserves as much airplay as possible from every rock radio station in the country. The vibe and chorus also give it enough commercially to be able to get picked up by the wider radio stations and whilst we might not hear on on Heart’s breakfast show (where Steps remains the bar) it’s easily a fit for the likes of Absolute Radio, Capital and Radio X.
For those with a keen eye, you’ll see there’s a bonus 11th track which goes some way to filling up the gap so if you want more Gypsy and an extra dash of Pistolero, look for the releases also carrying ‘Jet City’ at the end of the album.
Where to get this cracking album from? Try the Earache web store: https://webstore.earache.com/A-Z/g/gypsy-pistoleros
Overall, if it’t not obvious or you simply scrolled to see the score without the reasoning, this is a belter. A British band with a truly international flavour playing the sort of music Tyla and Michael Monroe would be proud to say they helped create.
Reviewed by: Adrian Hextall