It is Christmas Eve day, and I prefer to think of some place warm, on this day before Christmas. I can’t think of a better warm place than Australia, and judging from the EP’s I have listened to by Sydney’s Hell City Glamours, they are about to heat up the music scene in a big way.
This band has had a big year in 2007, supporting acts like Alice Cooper, Rose Tattoo and Paul Stanley.
Unlike a few of the other acts coming out of Australia, Hell City Glamours is no AC/DC clone, but I can certainly hear a little bit of that band’s influence on the tunes here.
The Hey Man EP is a cross of hard rocking tunes with a punk rock vibe. It is a sound that works, and does not feel a carbon copy of other bands that I have listened to.
The song Hey Man is instantly catchy, and will have you singing along on the very first listen. It is the simplicity of the lyrics that works for this song.
Another Cigarette has all of the swagger of a Guns ‘N Roses tune while maintaining a punk edge. This is cool stuff!
No Love has a bluesy edge, and is the hardest tune on this disc. I enjoyed the guitars on this song, although it isn’t my favorite tune on Hey Man.
Pretty Far From Perfect is a great tune flavored with acoustic guitars. It is an upbeat rock song that has a Violent Femmes type of style about it. I Love it!
Based on what I can hear on this disc, Hell City Glamours are going to be the next band to break out of Australia, and make it big. Hey Man has some cool tunes, and I am looking forward to the band’s first full length disc, to be released in 2008.
Hell City Glamours are:
Oscar McBlack – Vocals & Guitar
Mo Mayhem – Guitar and Background Vocals
Jono – Bass and Background Vocals
Robbie Potts – Drums and Background Vocals
This disc starts off with the blistering hot tune, White Trash, Hot Love. This is the way you start off of a record!
On the Rocks surprised me. This song has all the dynamics of a Rolling Stones‘ tune. Funky guitars and excellent piano drive this cool rocker.
My Hearts A Breakin is a punk rock/hard rock fusion. It has the jangly guitars and high speed rhythm of punk, and the guitar solos of hard rock. It is an interesting tune, but not essential.
Broke Down is one of the harder tunes on Broken Glass. This tune feels like more garage punk. The background vocals actually take away from the sound on this tune. The guitar work is quite solid. This is a song that could have a lot of potential if it was reworked a little bit.
Broken Glass, Beatless Hearts isn’t quite as strong as the Hey Man EP, but I still like the tunes here. It is easy to see that the Hell City Glamours sound is growing with each new release. When the band breaks out of the punk rock mold, they really start to shine. It is the harder edge sound that will take them places.
Broken Glass, Beatless Hearts is a solid effort, and has whet my appetite to hear more tunes by these Aussie rockers.
You can check out the band’s video for White Trash, Hot Love below!
Rating:Out 0f 10
- White Trash, Hot Love
- On The Rocks
- My Hearts A Breakin
- Broke Down
Hell City Glamours are:
Oscar McBlack – Guitars – Vocals
Robbie Potts – Drums – Background Vocals
Mo Mayhem – Guitar – Background Vocals
Archi Fires – Bass – Background Vocals