|Norwood Park All Stars - ‘Northwest Highway’ (Another Bam Bam Recording)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Friday, 08 February 2013 03:30|
Thirteen songs of passion, pain and infinite power you say? Oh go on then.
Norwood Park All Stars claim to have this music thing all sewn up then? Well peddling their brand of no nonsense punk rock (which is effectively a tribute the to ‘80s Norcore scene) they get off to a decent start with 'There Was A Time' with its fast tempo and sing-a-long chorus. The All Stars have something about them and clearly their claims of passion are easy to pick out in the music on '1.29', where they fuse Motorhead with the likes of the Dead Kennedys quite nicely whilst the vocals aren't a million miles from a bit of Bad Religion.
Flicking through the booklet, which incidentally is made to resemble a very sweet Marvel comic, with about eleven musicians throwing their hats into the furious ring that is this homage to the Norwood punk scene they grew up in so far it's all pretty good stuff. '23 (Listen for It)’ has a sped up Stooges riff about it and in fairness sounds great and some of the guitar work is first class.
Guys from different bands all fetching something different to the party can be a hit or miss affair but this record is cohesive and has some very good songs to offer the more casual listener, from the great guitar work on 'Hand To Hand Combat' as it chugs and jerks to it's conclusion, contrasted with 'The Addiction' with it's Cramps drum intro and gang vocals, then you have 'Anita' with it's Chicago blues harmonica and funky lick which all makes for a damn good time.
'Russ Meyer' is up next. No not the person, the song title, with it's more rock orientated approach and “woah oh” backing vocals, this is a mixed bag of influences we have here folks. 'Jumpstart' reminds me of the Misfits in its style whilst 'Lost Track' is fierce, its stuttering rhythm is something different again.
The penultimate track is one I found curiously titled. 'Gary Glitter' clearly borrows some of the Glitter Band’s rhythms, and unless there are several Gary Glitters out there I couldn't begin to work out what this song is about, which is probably for the best eh?
'Coulda Woulda Shoulda' closes the album with a great floor filler and some right roughed up powerpop if I might be so bold. It's the catchiest tune on the album and possibly the best as well.
All in all a good effort and an enjoyable listen with a neat sleeve package.
Go check ‘em out.