Jolly Power - 2011 - Like An Empty Bottle...Again!
01. It's only your law
02. If your heart is closed
04. Like and empty bottle
07. No room for you
08. Thank you (goodbye)
10. F**ck you
11. Smokin' pills
12. Better be alone
13. Take all you want
Street Symphonies got its dirty hands on a lot of Sleaze Hardrock/Metal acts in the passed years. What about the f'n awesome Peep Show? Or Vietcong Pornsurfers and Pompei Nights? Killer bands if you ask me! In 2011, this “New Breed” got some competition when Italian Sleaze rockers Jolly Power joined their label. This band started in 1988, and released a demo tape in 1994 called “Like an empty bottle”, along with some other stuff in the years after that. However, It’s obvious that the promotional release I got from Sandy is most likely the same, only being re-recorded and including some raw bonus traxx. Since the audio is ripped from an audiocassette, it gives me a great nostalgic feeling. Plus, the raunchy sound fits perfectly with Jolly Power’s attitude. But…is there talk of true competition? Let’s have a look!
To sum up Jolly Power’s sound: It’s a mix between Sleaze Rock and Punk, but Punk definitely has the overtone. It’s nice to see these guys have a different approach towards the Sleaze scene then established bands like Crashdiët which dominate the NWOSS 'till this day.
The first thing which stands out is the Alleycat Scratch vibe. “It’s only your law” sounds almost the same as the intro of “Stilletto Strut”, but less polished….at some points messy and uninspired. It’s too bad none of the other songs on Like and Empty Bottle…Again! really stick in my (or others probably) mind besides the one I mentioned above. It’s fun, but nothing special. Also, musically it lacks. I hear too much mistakes, which is a pity. It figures: a typical demo tape...yeah right... Even some “real” demos I reviewed had a better production value in comparison with Jolly Power’s official re-release. That just suxx!
Anyway, if you like a sleazy Punk sound; Jolly Power might be your thing. If not, you’ll probably will be a little disappointed. Okay, it’s worth a listen once or twice, but after that you’ll be glad to put something else in your stereo.