Artist Name: Wildside Riot
Title: No Second Take
Label: Livewire / Cargo Records
Release Date: 28th January 2013
Genre: Sleaze Rock
Many of you know he was the face of local legends Wrathchild, and the self proclaimed Godfather Of UK Glam Metal, so I was curious what Rocky Shades 2013 sounded like, had he jumped on the heritage bandwagon, pissed it all away, was he to re-appear a shadow of his former Hi-Glow self ?, well, as soon as the album starts with the youthful explosion of ‘All Hail The Wasted‘ and the high octane ‘Wildside Riot‘ – where the band spell out their full manifesto – the answer is a resounding NO. Rocky is back, and with his new band of brothers is full of fight.
The album continues to flow from some predictable glam metal posturing to high octane rock ‘n’ roll, that is what you would expect from Mr Shades. Tracks like ‘Fukkem‘ – with its one finger salute the enemy, or ‘Candi’s Gone Bad‘ with its road-weary tale of rock ‘n’ roll’s pitfalls. It is however the moments of understatement that also make this a thoroughly enjoyable affair, this is most evident with the joyous ‘My Paradise‘. Here Rocky adopts an almost cabaret style to deliver a simple ‘life’ message. He has managed to echo his many recent stage personas by wearing a variety of musical hats throughout the album – all tipped knowingly with a wink to his past.
The album heads for home with a canter, from the pumping ‘Glitter Tramps‘, to the gloriously infectious ‘Wasted Lust‘ and it all ends up in a spectacular fight with ‘There’s A Bullet For Each Of You‘ that needs little explanation.
For those that do not know Rocky’s musical history it is a youthful and enjoyable roller-coaster ride, those that do know him, it is a refreshing listen with a sneer that says “Fuck You” to past issues. The band themselves are tight without being too fussy, allowing the true vibe of the music to shine at all times.