THE FLAMING SIDEBURNS: It’s Time to Testify… Brothers & Sisters LP
It’s time to testify, brothers & sisters and it’s about time. It’s so about time to put this gem out on vinyl. Properly! It was released twice on small editions before, but – no offense – they both sounded terrible. Now the tapes been re-mastered by Jürgen Hendlmeier and put right on wax, brand new artwork included.
In our eyes this is one oft he best and most powerful and pure garage rock albums ever. You have to hear it to know what I’m talkin about. GET DOWN – OR GET OUT! …and listen to a fine collection of soulful, rocking collection of raw songs that make you move(, unless you’re dead). With this album the Sideburns became the finnish leaders oft he new wave of scandinavian Rock’n’Roll (along the Hellacopters [from Sweden], Gleucifer & Turbonegro [both from Norway]). The Hellacopters actually covered “Ungrounded Confusion“ from this album!
This collection of songs is well inspired by bands such as the Sonics or the Wailers. And in the 90s and early 2000s more than ever before, bands everywhere are claiming the MC5 as their primary influence. Most bands, however, don’t really get the sound right, or somehow lose the spirit of the music in a ’70s rock haze. What makes the Flaming Sideburns feel authentic is that they understand the grooves that make this type of music work, and there’s a ton of real enthusiasm behind it all. Songs like “Testify” are obviously inspired by Tyner and Co., but have a fresh energy that makes this old sound worth listening to. The mid-fi production also keeps the music sounding exciting and hot, without getting too heavy. They reach back a little in time to the mid-’60s with covers of the Wailers’ “Out Of Our Tree” and the Electras’ “Action Woman.” Also super rocking is the wild “Jaguar Girls” and the spasm inspiring “Rock N Roll Boogaloo.” If you like Detroit-style rock’n’roll with an unpretentious ’60s edge to it, the Flaming Sideburns are for you.
Close To Disaster
Out Of Our Tree
You Weren’t Using Your Head
Sailin’ Thru Cloud Nine
Sugar Ain’t That Sweet
Shipping on or around July 1st
Red and Blue, Black, Both
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