Sick Circus - 'Self Titled' (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Saturday, 26 February 2011 06:00

sickcircusOkay, I'm suspicious as sometimes bands really do fit the bill in looks and promo attitude but fail to deliver when it comes to the good stuff - i.e., the music.


I'll make no bones about it and really don't give a fuck if you're reading this and disagree but the fact is, back in the day we all gave a fuck about what our favourite bands looked like until that trigger happy, stupid daughter naming, knob jockey Cobain came along with his plaid shirt and non star attitude that made people think you can't look good AND still be able to play AND smile. Yeah, that's right I said it. Fuck 'em.


After listening to this debut from Liverpool band Sick Circus, I had to go and check my calendar, make sure I wasn't still at school (stop sniggering at the back) and generally give myself a reality check.


The reason?  This sounds like a prime slice of 80's rock that slipped through our grasp. 


With band member names such as Anthony and Michael Lothario, River Valentine, Kyle Taylor and Slane Kitson, they really do tick the 'product' boxes that us sleaze, cock rock and 80's fans enjoy.


This self-titled 7 track Demo/EP is hands down the best UK act I've heard attempting this style of rock. For once not sounding like the usual GN'R, Crue clones dressed in black but instead a more melodic approach akin to Tora Tora, Great White or Van Halen.


With a whail and a half to start proceedings, 'Adrenaline Junkie' (which is the weakest track) kicks us in with a Steel Panther style song that shows their intent but it's after that track that they start to show us that we could really be in for a treat. 'Forever Feelin' This Way' is prime 80's catchy, hook laden rock, 'House Of Pain' could be an Extreme track (yeah, they did some good stuff too, you fickle bunch!) ,'Down In The Hallows' starts with a heavy riff that continues throughout pretty much all of the song and we're talking Skid Row circa 'Slave To The Grind'. 'XIX (19)' slows it down for the obligatory ballad (they know the rules) and I'm already holding my lighter aloft in triumph. 'When I'm Gone (It Tears Me Apart)' strangely reminds me of Shed Seven but I always liked those indie fuckers, so I'm all in.


Serious ability, quality songs, great image and I bet they fuckin' rock live.


Sick Circus, CD #79/100 made me write this review. Help make sure they get to produce more next time, tell them Uber Rock sent you.


I'm smiling because that's what this genre makes you do when done so well. Fucking A+