In a sea of similarities typically standing out doesn’t at all times get you to the place you wish to go, however self-belief and rattling proper stubbornness over time can repay . I prefer to assume that’s a part of the Gypsy Pistoleros story: a band I first met in a area in Oklahoma virtually a decade and a half with a guitar in a single hand an a bottle of Patron within the different they actually knew find out how to occasion! And at a spot referred to as The Yard Bar the very subsequent yr they shared the stage wit a few native acts and a band referred to as Bai Bang. Nice days that by no means appeared to finish! Quick ahead 14 years and right here we’re with album quantity two from the re-forged band. It’s an album that builds on 2021’s ‘The Mescalito Vampires’ and comes on the again of three nice singles: ‘Ballad Of Tommy Shelby’, ‘What’s It Like To Be A Woman?’ and ‘Come On Eileen’.
The way you see the Pistoleros actually is dependent upon how lengthy you’ve identified them – they had been the primary band I knew to launch a 13 observe debut in ‘Para Siempre’ adopted by an 11 observe compilation ‘Wild, Stunning, Damned’ (containing 11 of these 13 songs) in the identical yr! Adopted by a re-rerelease of the primary album with a brand new cowl a yr later in 2008 on their very own label. I purchased all of them earlier than realizing they had been primarily the identical factor!
After the band cut up issues began to occur once more in 2020 when Golden Robotic put out one other compilation ‘The Biggest Flamenco Glam Sleaze band ever!’ earlier than a brand new album adopted the very subsequent yr ‘The Mescalito Vampires’ with a totally new line-up of Gypsy Lee Pistolero (vocals/guitars), Mark Westwood of Shadowland (guitars), Gaz Le Bass (double bass), Jan Vincent Vellazco (drums) and Kris Jones (trumpet).
Two years on and the band appears to have utterly modified once more for this file – now consisting of Gypsy Lee Pistolero (Vox, unhealthy rumba guitar), Shane Pistolero Sparkz (Guitars), Kez Pistolero White (Bass) and Craig Pistolero Sharpe (Drums). The sound although and the vibe could be very a lot that of ‘The Mescalito Vampires’ and as with that launch this one s additionally an enormous quantity of enjoyable and sounds nice. Recorded, combined and produced by Dave Draper (The Wildhearts, Nickelback, Terrorvision) at The Previous Cider Press Studios, Pershore, manufacturing can also be enormous!
Opening with the title observe ‘Duende A Go Go Loco!’ (Protecting that ‘Wild, Stunning’ portion of the ‘Wild, Stunning, Damned’ theme going) you might be instantly thrust right into a world the place Ricky Martin fronted Weapons ‘N’ Roses. The Latin beat a fiery guitar of ‘I Got all of it’ merge into the Punkier ‘Revolution’ earlier than the one ‘What’s it prefer to be a Woman?’ throws a bit 70’s styled glitter groove into the pot.
‘The Ballad of Tommy Shelby’ reveals the opposite facet of the band mashing collectively cinematic villains, the Ramones, the Pistols and Sha Na Na and Mud to create one thing altogether uncommon and foot tappingly danceable. Should you thought ‘Like Tears within the Rain’ seemed like a sluggish one then you definitely’re in for a shock, it’s spiky, bouncy and sports activities a refrain lush with harmonies.
‘Thrill Kill Killer Membership’ is all punk and spiky vitality earlier than ‘Perhaps Tomorrow’ provides an virtually Cult flavoured word of Pop to the combination and ‘I’ll Bear in mind You’ will get all atmospheric excessive a excessive finish 60’s ballad to start earlier than it explodes into the cascading melodies of the refrain, It’s one of many highlights right here. We shut although with the duvet of Dexy’s ‘Come on Eileen’ a track absolutely everybody is aware of and has their very own opinion of. Sadly my expertise of the track was my sisters plying it about 50 occasions each morning at earlier than college lengthy after it left the highest of the charts: others much less traumatized I’m certain will love the vastly enjoyable Pop-Punk therapy it receives right here.
Should you like the concept of a conventional Latin impressed rock band that additionally takes within the late 80’s Sundown Strip (although far much less pronounced than in earlier incarnations) a bit Punk and a whole lot of swing, then you’ll love this. This time I can really feel 60’s influences creeping into the combination too and it in all actually it sits very properly within the combine. Get out and see them and have some enjoyable!
8 / 10
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Tracklisting: 1 Duende A Go Go Loco! | 2 I Got all of it | 3 Revolution | 4 What’s it prefer to be a Woman? | 5 The Ballad of Tommy Shelby | 6 Like Tears within the Rain | 7 Thrill Kill Killer Membership | 8 Perhaps Tomorrow | 9 I’ll Bear in mind You | 10 Come on Eileen
twenty seventh October – St Swithuns Church (Pre-Album Launch Celebration), Worcester
twenty eighth October – Sharkfest Competition, Cannock
third November – Exhausting Rock Hell Competition 2023 Album Launch present
4th November – Exhausting Rock Hell Competition 2023 (Principal Stage)
18th November – The Ainsdale Cricket Membership, Southport
twenty fifth November – Dementia Conscious Competition, HMV Coventry
third December – Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay, Wales
Saturday ninth March – HARD ROCK HELL AOR X FESTIVAL, Nice Yarmouth
Gypsy Lee Pistolero – Vox
Shane Pistolero Sparkz – Guitars
Kerry Pistolero White – Bass
Crag Pistolero Form – Drums