Hollywood Burnouts - 2011 - Hollywood Burnouts
2. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
3. Roll The Dice
4. Show Me Your Love
One of the very first German glam/sleaze bands to pass by Roeselare on one of the Sleazenation gigs, has now put 4 songs on a record.
Hollywood Burnouts is their self-titled first effort and sounds promising from note 1. Crisp production and good song choice make this a business card that will definitely do the trick."Tonight" is a feel-good glammy pop song, with a group-sung chorus to match the level of typical romance lyrics. An excellent opening riff and great lead guitar work make this one work.
"Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" bursts open with vocals that drive the tempo up, leading into the chorus that reaches back to the more poppy glam rockers of the Strip some 30 years back. Not as catchy as the previous song, but this is the best musical effort in my opinion, very original (great solo too).
The more metal-minded glamsters get their fix with "Roll The Dice". The drums dominate in this song, and singer Mike Nazzty sounds more confident, fighting his way through the wall of sound his band mates put up. The group vocal choir is a welcome addition too, this is a track that doesn't stand out on its own, but has plenty of cool elements to it. The dueling guitar parts give "Roll The Dice" all the depth it needs.
No ballad you say? Forget about that! "Show Me Your Love" gives its share of mellowness, and gives the chance to all members to take it down a notch and work their magic in detail. Great interaction between guitars, good build-up to the chorus, but like the bulk of ballads out there, it's missing that certain something that makes it noteworthy. Following glam rock standards, you can't go without a slow song, but I've seen bigger bands bring worse versions than "Show Me Your Love". It shouldn't have been on there for me, but I won't go as far as calling it a bad song. It's just not my favorite...
It's hard to give an opinion on an EP, given the amount of elements a band needs to cram in such a small time frame, but Hollywood Burnouts managed alright in my opinion. Collector's item in a few years, or just support of local bands, get this one and you won't regret it one second.