Original AC/DC front man Dave Evans returns with his latest record Nothing To Prove, his first release since 2010’s Judgement Day. But is a four track EP enough to win over new fans or even convince older disciples that he’s still got plenty of rock left in him?
Put Up or Shut Up is an unapologetic stadium rock monster, pounding with a neolithic bass drum for a heart and spouting torrents of the most awesome hard rock riffage from it’s nostrils. Evans’ vocals cut through the mix like a power-hose through gravel, carving out an instantly recognisable melody that leaves it’s mark in the earth until the next downpour. Already a firm favourite around my household tracks like this prove that there’s still plenty of life left in the classic hard rock sound yet.
I Believe is a straightforward rocker with a strong chorus that is so simple you wonder why how, in this day in age, no one else got there first. Evans’ voice once again treads that delicate line of gruffness and clarity that’s so easy to get wrong.
Reach For The Sky sets off quicker than a greyhound on heat. The main guitar riff could have been stripped from any early 80’s hard rock act. Combined with a Deep Purple style melody this track will please anyone longing for some new music to play alongside their Hawkwind, Girlschool or Queensryche back catalogues.
Big Joe Williams’ Baby Please Don’t Go has been covered and re-imagined by artists as varied as Bob Dylan, The Doors, Aerosmith, Pride & Glory, Budgie, MC5, Alvin Lee, Gary Glitter, Ted Nugent, Bill Wyman, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Mellencamp, UK Subs and of course AC/DC among many others. With such history it takes something special to make it your own but Dave Evans manages to do just that. It’s another fast paced rocker with a boogie rhythm that hits you in the teeth like an old-time gangster with a knuckleduster.
As the title may suggest Nothing To Prove is an unrepentant sermon in heavy Rock’n’Roll music. It may only be four tracks long but does it really need to be any longer? With more and more bands choosing to release Extended Play records recently could this be the end for the LP? It certainly has to be easier to write the four or five songs required for an EP and make sure that they’re all high class numbers than spend time on LP fillers that people may well skip anyway. Whatever the future holds, Dave Evans’ Nothing To Prove would make a welcome addition to any record collection.
01 – Put Up or Shut Up
02 – I Believe
03 – Reach For The Sky
04 – Baby Please Don’t Go
As the title may suggest Nothing To Prove is an unrepentant sermon in heavy Rock’n’Roll music. It may only be four tracks long but does it really need to be any longer?