Nasty Idols -2012- Kalifornia
1. No More Rules
3. 1969 (This Ain't The Summer Of Love)
4. Night By Night
6. Sister Sin
7. Pleasure Of The Pain
9. Sweet Suicide
10. Jack In The Box
11. Since U Been Gone
Nasty Idols are rightfully considered by many as the godfathers of Swedish glam and sleaze. When the band exploded onto the scene with “Gigolos On Parole” in 1989 there were only a handful of countrymen sailing the same musical waters including Shotgun Messiah and Glorious Bankrobbers (anyone remember their “Dynamite Sex Doze” platter?) and when they decided to call it a day in 1995 the scene had almost completely vanished.
Unlike some outfits that started out as eyeliner and hairspray junkies but made a 360 degree turn when glam and sleaze went out of fashion, Andy Pierce and C° have always stayed true to their sound although they did beef it up a bit along the way. Their heaviest offering to this day is “Heroes For Sale” that was released through Perris in 2002 and re-ignited interest in the band which eventually led to an actual reunion gig at Sweden Rock in 2006. Like me many fans of the genre were more than happy to see the guys rockin' once again and hope grew for a new record to see the light of day. Our prayers were answered with the release of “Boys Town' in 2009 that saw Nasty Idols pick up where they had left of with “Vicious” in 1993.
And now the guys present their latest 11 song collection entitled “Kalifornia” that falls in somewhere between 1991”s “Cruel Intention” (the benchmark for Nasty Idols as far as I'm concerned) and the already mentioned “Vicious” opus while there are also touches from Machinegun Kelly, the outfit formed by mister Pierce after the demise of the Idols.
Nucleus of the Swedish outfit since day one are said mister Pierce and bass player Dick Qwarfort. Mister Pierce isn't just the voice of the band but also the face and main songwriter having a hand in each of the tracks included.
The album starts off great with vitriolic opener 'No Rules' that pretty much sets the tone for most of the album with its chugging riff and Andy spitting out the vocals like a rabid dog. Up next is the ominous sounding title track that threw my right back to Machinegun Kelly's 1995 opus “White Line Offside”. The quality takes a little dip on “1969” cause it sounds just too repetitive although guitarist Peter Espinoza delivers some fine axe work throughout the tune and the use of a Hammondorgan gives it a vintage touch. This minor hick up is quickly forgotten when the headbangin' “Night By Night” kicks in cause this is classic Nasty Idols and the same can be said of the album's finest cut “Sister Sin”. In fact both could have come straight of “Cruel Intention”. 2 slices of high end Swedish sleaze rock with the latter being extremely intoxicating. Other cuts worthy of some extra attention are the cow bell infested, tailor made for head bangin' “Sweet Suicide” and the ballsy, fast-paced “Jack In The Box”. Bringing the disc to a close are the subtle sounds of “Since U Been Gone”, a power ballad with a “Whiter Shade Of Pale” feeling.
So how do we summarize all of this? Well, I think a good way is saying that Nasty Idols may not be the youngest band on the current glam and sleaze scene but with “Kalifornia” they proof that there's still plenty of life in the old dogs yet. Highly recommended to any fan of the genre! (PS)
Andy Pierce (v)
Peter Espinoza (g)
Dick Qwarfort (b)
Rikki Dahl (d)
Last Updated (Saturday, 01 September 2012 17:29)