Mama Kin - 'In The City' (Leon Music) Print
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Written by Rob Watkins   
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 23:38

Mama_Kin_pic"It ain't easy, livin' like a gypsy, tell ya honey how I feel, I've been dreamin' floatin' down the stream 'n' losin' touch with all that's real."


Karlstad, Sweden, 2001. Four guys make a drunken promise to form a band and take their first shot at naming their soon to be all conquering rock band. Someone suggests that the Aerosmith song 'Mama Kin' is a bit of a mission statement for a being a musician living on the edge and, before you could crab dance to your scarf festooned mic stand, a band was born.


Some eight years down the line, Mama Kin brings the world their debut album 'In The City' - and what an album it is. One look at the album cover that has singer Ward, guitarist Elias, bassist Jon and drummer Edwin, stripped to the waist in a penthouse swimming pool, instantly has me thinking that this band are certainly no Diamond Rexx in the looks stakes, but can chiseled good looks alone make for good glam rock music?


'Badge And A Gun' kickstarts things on a upbeat note, and immediately it's obvious that singer Ward has a bit of a star around, as well as in, his eye, as it's hard not to immediately think you are listening to something off Paul Stanley's recent 'Live To Win' album (which is fine in my AOR tinged heart anyway). This leads directly into Mama Kin's second single 'In The City', with police sirens screaming before 'You Belong To Me' kicks in on a Eighties killer hook that immediately evokes an accompanying enormodome live video with huge lighting rigs and pyro intercut with a 'good love gone bad' type storyboard.


'Mrs. Operator' is where the Mama Kin sound kind of opens up slightly and a possible Coney Hatch influence is spotted peeping out from behind the band's glam rock diamante curtain. Elsewhere 'Higher And Higher', 'Too Much', and 'Fortune And Fame' are tickets on an express train to deliver Mama Kin into live arenas worldwide, and have a solid core of rock solid songwriting that should even give them time to get a few cans of Stella in the buffet car on their way to Rock 'N' Roll Central station. 


By the time you get to first single 'Superman' the glitter ball just keeps on spinning and having reached number 26 on the Swedish charts it's nice to think that the Scando countries at least continue to recognize quality new rock bands. 'In The City' finishes up with some classic cowbell and chorus action in the shape of the humongous 'You', whilst 'Champagne, Chicks & Rock 'N' Roll' is simply the perfect soundtrack to the album's truly opulent sleeve and certainly plugs a gap in the next Guns N' Roses category.


So what next for Mama Kin? Well, this is a damn fine glam/arena rock debut that should see the band make huge inroads into international markets, with the right breaks. And with classic rock seemingly back on everyone's lips, what better than a bit of 'Gene in Pink era Kiss' influenced rock played with the zeal the legends themselves were once able to muster.


"Whole earth lover, keeping' under cover, never know where you been, you've been fading, always out paradin', keep in touch with Mama Kin".


Wise words indeed Mr. Tyler, wise words indeed.