SIMON CHAINSAW – “Eight Times Lucky” (Kicking Records) + “Deaf Ears” 2010 European Tour Video

Posted: July 22, 2010 in Album Review, Australian punk rock
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Aussie Brazillian rock n roller scores himself a French release and kicks out the jams. This best of retrospective collects 15 of Simon’s best tracks from his solo career, post-Vanilla Chainsaws, and bundles them up with liner notes, bonus videos and the whole kit and caboodle. If you’ve been following Simon’s work, you’d know he’s prolific in his song writing; pumping out more albums in the last few years than most bands do in their entire musical careers. Pretty impressive stuff. So with a back catalogue as extensive as Mr Chainsaw’s, how does one narrow it down to just 15 songs? With great difficulty but it seems he’s done it and this album is a great collection of punk rock n roll should-be classics.

The album begins with my personal fave of his, a song called “Deaf Ears” that reminds me of Junk Records-era Dragons so I knew I was gonna be diggin’ this from the get-go. This is perfectly structured punk rock. Kinda like the song the Dead Boys never got around to writing, know what I mean? It’s good shit! “Be Your Drug” is both melodic and gritty and another catchy number that’ll be an instant fave. He slows things down on the track “Bruna” but they don’t stay slow for long as he shreds in the suckerpunchin’ “Born To Die”, which almost borders on late 70’s metal which I found quite surprising as after being on tour with Simon, I didn’t think he’d pull off such riffage being that metal isn’t really his forte’ no matter how much he was subjected to the likes of WASP in the van. The album finishes with Simon’s anthemic “One For The Road”; a song for those residing in Dumpsville. After 15 tracks, you’re not bored. You’re rocked… like a HUSH record. This album just keeps you boppin’, groovin’ AND kickin’.

Now, granted, I got around to enjoying the majority of these songs night after night on Simon’s 2010 European tour so my bias could be a little, if not totally, one-sided but don’t let that stop you from dabbling outside your comfort zone and judging for yourself. In fact, if that’s all too much trouble, and in this day an age everyone wants everything right here, right NOW! No waiting! Well, just click the link below for the 2010 tour video I made to the track “Deaf Ears”. Have fun! Support real punk rock.

“Eight Times Lucky” is out now through Kicking Records.

Simon Chainsaw’s Official site.
Simon Chainsaw’s Myspace page.
Kicking Records’ Myspace Page.

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