Based in Liverpool, The Jokers could be one of the best kept secrets in Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Roxx’s have been lucky enough to see them a few times in recent years and we really enjoy their debut album, tracks from which have been regularly aired on our show. Take a look deeper into the bands history and you will see a barrage of live performances over the last few years, from pubs to supporting the likes of Hawkwind and Y’n’T.
So back to the present, earlier this year The Jokers – Wane Parry (Vocals) Paul Hurst (Guitarist) Simon Hurst (Bass) Chris Poole (Drums) – released their second album and after a storming performance at HRH7 where TBFM acquired a copy of Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Alive. With hints of Free, Bad Company and AC/DC this is like a collection of a ‘best of driving’ CD, so plug it in and head on out the highway.
Opener ‘Silver City‘ is a catchy as hell opener reminiscent of ZZ Top from the 80s as it struts along the highway to hell! It’s so good you’ll be humming this tune in your head for days! The title track then storms in, again with a killer chorus and three minutes of pure adrenalin.
‘Find My Way Home‘ and ‘Radio‘ could have been written with AOR rock radio in mind, the latter’s gentle opening soon settles into a groovy classic rock song. Normally I would find music like this a bit to bland, but this is so well done that instead I find my self drifting along with the music and floating back to my youth and a record collection full of 70s classics. Just listen to that groovy music and excellent vocals, top class.
Glorious guitar histrionics makes way for a rocking ‘Night Driver‘, with more than a hint of Deep Purple on this storming track . ‘Bring Your Love Back To Me’ is wonderful power ballad and the best of some of the great slower tunes. ‘Find My Way Home‘, which I do, back to the 70s with this throwback track, but with the modern production sound found throughout the album and ‘NYC’ carries it on. As the album title suggests, this is a feel good, mostly chilling album and I feel my troubles drifting away!
And Finally ‘DR Rock Head’ leads the album out in the strutting rocking style that it began. I’m only stopped from giving it full marks because maybe the album could have done with a couple more rocking tunes on it, along the lines of the bands single ‘Jamie Jane‘, a song I love! But having said that, this is a classic rock album made to keep ‘rock ‘n’ roll alive’.
As the album title suggests, this is a feel good, mostly chilling album and I feel my troubles drifting away! ...a classic rock album made to keep 'rock 'n' roll alive'