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DEAD CITY RUINS
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Letís get this out of the way first, the cover artís utter, utter pants and I donít know what anyone was thinking. The artwork on the CD itself is much better and less naff (and weirdly by a different person than the cover art) but you probably wonít see that unless you decide to buy it. Second thing, these guys clearly have a passion for rock Ďní roll and anyone who loves their genre as much as Dead City Ruins deserve some credit and itís to be admired. The whole thing takes you back to the late-70s scene, which unfortunately seems to extend to some of the production values as well. The levelling seems to be a bit off for the most part with the vocals being swallowed up by the rest of the music. I know heís not the best singer in the universe but it still seems a bit harsh to try and drown him out.

Ignoring that, if you can, the albumís actually not bad. Itís more about the attitude and musicianship and thereís a punk sensibility about it thatís weirdly likeable. Thereís a certain demographic that this will probably appeal to but itís fairly niche considering theyíre knocking around about 40 years too late. Although there was Latino resurgence in the late-90s so maybe old school rockís due a comeback as well, in which case their time is now.

In terms of standout tracks, ĎBluesí deserves an honourable mention. While the rest of the album kicks you in the face with rock Ďní roll, ĎBluesí is a much more mature song that mixes in, well, blues. It builds up slowly and has less of the attitude that will probably be the marmite factor for the band in general. Other than that, itís much of a muchness to be honest so if youíre a fan of the genre then it might be right up your street but if youíre not then thereís not much here for you, Iím afraid. Butter my arse!
LABEL:
FORMAT:
Impedance Records
Album
MIDNIGHT KILLER
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Review by Si‚n Williams
RUNNING TIME:
44:29
RELEASE DATE:
23rd July 2012
TRACK LISTING
1) Where You Gonna Run
2) Damn My Eyes
3) My Lai Massacre
4) Midnight Killer
5) Blues
6) Go To War
7) Highway Girl
8) Fallen
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
UK/Au
"The whole thing takes you back to the late-70s scene, which unfortunately seems to extend to some of the production values as well."
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