Skip Rock - 2011 - Hit And Run
1. Motorcycle Man
2. We Rock
3. Hit And Run
4. Little Nazty
5. Stinky, Filthy, Rich And Nazty
6. Nutbush City Limits
7. World Is Hell
8. Rough And Ready
9. Time Will Tell
11. It's You My Friend
What would you get when you mix members of Darkseed and Lacrimas Profundere? Much to anyone's surprise, Stinky, Filthy, Nazty street rock, is what you get.
Skip Rock was well anounced to us, sending out a vibe that the new album Hit And Run, available in March 2011 via Street Dog Records, would kill all competition. Lucky for me, I got a full taste of what's coming.
Two songs down in the album, I knew I was in for something good. Skip Rock sounds like a heavy metal version of AC/DC, fronted by an Udo Dirkschneider-sounding singer. This can only go one way in my opinion, and that's the short road to underground success.
Apparently, Skip Rock are causing quite the stir in Germany's club and festival world. With Hit And Run, it seems like the world is next, and then some.
They kick your ass to the curb with "Motorcycle Man" and "We Rock", cause a scene in any bar with the title track and steal your girl with "Little Nazty". If that ain't what a rock band should be doing in just the first four songs, then what is?
The most interesting track on this album, is definitely "Stinky, Filthy, Rich And Nazty". The message is blunt and new, the execution is original to say the least (or maybe, original in all its cliches, because recreating music is not what rock n' roll does), and this must be their best way of giving out business cards. Play this one, and you know if you'll like it or walk away with a nasty feeling in your gut. In any way, you're not likely to forget who Skip Rock is.
"World Is Hell" would make a great first single, given that it appeals to both rock and metal lovers. Anyone who knows his/her stuff, can name at least five bands that come to mind when listening. Except for the two I already mentioned, there's a whole lot more influences here, all fitting nicely in the musical bomb Skip Rock drops.
The main reason why I enjoy, and keep enjoying Hit And Run, is because it simply doesn't get boring. With their speedy street rock, you would expect 9 songs to be enough, but there's a little touch of uniqueness in each and every track. Be it the old school main riff in "Lies" or the drum effect in "Rough And Ready", you won't need more than a few listens to name each song. Oh, and you will be knowing every chorus as well, which is why they work so well as a festival band. One minute you're mimicking the riffs on your air guitar, the next you're pumping your fist in the air while shouting along.
Since a perfect album has never been made before, there's something to say to Skip Rock's disadvantage too... On an 11-song album, it's more than welcome to play a cover song. Unfortunately, they chose to take on Nashville Pussy in recording Ike & Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits". Sure enough, they kept it original by changing a bit of lyrics here and there, but if you're playing dirty rock, don't play what Nashville Pussy already played, because you'll bite the dust...
I'm not convinced by closing track "It's You My Friend" either. Singer Marc Terry's voice is not made for displaying any emotion other than rawdiness, which is why this slower, accoustically driven song, doesn't reach any highs. It's a nice enough attempt, but no go for me.
Not wanting to end on a bad note, I sincerely recommend this album to anyone who likes their rock filthy. It'll be a blast!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 28 December 2010 20:48)