The Hell City Glamours have returned in 2008 with their first full length CD. On this disc, H.C.G. have spread their wings and tapped into their influences of such great Australian acts, Rose Tattoo and The Angels.
While I enjoyed the earlier EP’s by H.C.G., this disc is far superior to anything the band has done yet.
“One Night Only” captured my attention immediately with its rocking bluesy riffs. This is pub rock at its finest.
Can you ever have enough cowbell? “Back To You” has it, and I wish it had more, but this is a fun tune. Their is guitar riff on this song that brings Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to mind.
“Josephine” is a bluesy punk rock tune with a cool Angels meets Midnight Oil type of vibe.
One of my personal favorites is lively rocker “Flying Away”. This is the kind of song that gets your foot tapping, and your cold beers emptied faster.
I am a sucker for a good guitar riff. The opening guitar licks on “Right My Wrongs” pulls me in every time.
Every time I listen to the song “I’m Not Here” I kept thinking to myself, “man this song reminds me of someone”. Finally, I determined it to be the band D-A-D from Denmark. That is pretty cool, as I like that band too.
Some other album highlights are “The Money”, the radio ready “Worst Kind of Man” and the catchy album closer ‘Thankyou”.
I am glad the Hell City Glamours finally put a full length album for the masses to consume. This is a solid release and ought to open up some new doors for these Sydney based rockers.
If you haven’t checked out the Hell CIty Glamours before, pay a visit to their myspace site, and check out their new tunes. Tell them HardRockHideout.com sent you!
1. One Night Only
2. Back To You
4. Flying Away
5. High Brow
6. Ready to Fall
7. Right My Wrongs
8. The Money
9. I’m Not Here
10. Worst Kind of Man
11. In The Cold
12. No Love
Hell City Glamours Are:
Oscar McBlack- Vocals and Guitar
Mo Mayhem – Guitar and Bacground Vocals
Jonny – Bass and Background Vocals
Robbie Potts – Drums
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