The Shazam - 'Meteor' (Not Lame) Print E-mail
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Written by Neil Gibbs   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 00:21

Shazam_MeteorNever heard of The Shazam or powerpop wunderkid Hans Rotenberry ?


Those answering "No" hang your heads in shame and go to the back of the class as this band has been cranking out quality powerpop since their self-titled debut album first saw the light of day way back in 1998.


'Meteor' is album number five for the band and this time they have the legendary Mack (Queen, Sparks and Billy Squier) at the production helm. I, along with many others, have been waiting for this record for the last six years and, cliché alert, the wait was certainly worth it.


Rotenberry is a truly gifted songwriter with roots in the classic British sounds of the late Sixties, and he never fails to come up with a big hook or a memorable chorus and, cliché alert number two, this record is further proof!


'NFU' (not fucked up - enough) and 'Hey Mom I Got The Bomb' are wigged out rock and roll gems and are backed by another nine immaculately conceived rock 'n' roll miniatures, all with a dusting of powerpop magic from 'Super' Hans Rotenberry.


Bands like The Shazam have lurked on the periphery of the big time for seemingly endless years and are still no closer to getting there. But trust me here and take a punt on 'Meteor', you will not be disappointed. Get onto Not Lame's website and spit in the face of Mr Big (not the band before you have kittens AOR fans) by spending your hard earned on a band that has the chops and pedigree to be household names.


Tell them Über Röck sent you.