The Godfathers - ‘Jukebox Fury’ (Godfathers Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:00

Jukebox FuryA lot has happened in the world of music since The Godfathers last released a studio album way back in 1995, but you can always count on the Coyne brothers to produce good authentic dirt under the finger nails rock ‘n’ roll right?

 

Well in the case of this their long awaited seventh album I’m going to have to say “yes” and “no”, that’s because with the self produced ‘Jukebox Fury’ the band’s ever present 60’s influences have taken a slightly “baggy” twist when compared to the searing garage rock that I remember from their days spent on Epic Records. As a result whilst tunes like opener ‘Let Your Hair Hang Down’ and ‘If Only I Could’ are not bad songs they just (for me at least) sound more like they should be on Black Grape or Stones Roses LP and this is The muthafuckin’ Godfathers we are talking about here.

 

By track three, the pulsating ‘Primitive Man’ the balance is very much restored in the r ‘n’ r affirmative, Coyne snarling the lyrics like a primate possessed, likewise the Bernie Torme produced ‘The Outsider’ and instrumental ‘I’m Branded’ sound just like they’ve just fallen off the soundtrack to a long lost Michelangelo Antonioni sixties flick. Perfect!

 

The gentle strum of ‘A Can Of Worms’ takes things briefly back into flowerpot hatted territory, but the second Bernie Torme produced track ‘Back Into The Future’ which is up next is head and shoulders the best thing the band have done since reforming back in 2008.

 

From here on the album continues in the indie/rock mix up of it’s first half; ‘I Can’t Sleep Tonight’ is a 1-2-3-4 homage to the Ramones, whilst ‘Mary Baby’ and ‘Theme To The End Of The World’ both sound decidedly indie but in this case they err more on the side of early Primal Scream and Nick Cave, so again some cool reference points, even if it isn’t exactly what I was expecting from a band more renowned for stripped back rock ‘n’ roll rebellion.

 

Finishing things off with the frankly average ‘The Man In The Middle’ which sounds like it has a decent song trying to get out of it, and the Screamadelica/John Lennon influenced piano ballad ‘Thai Nights’, I cannot help but feel disappointed overall with the dozen tracks on offer here. This is by no means a poor album it is within the context of The Godfathers excellent back catalogue not so much ‘Jukebox Fury’ as “Opportunity Goes A Knocking.”

 

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