Posts Tagged ‘Rich & Famous’

cover_smallToday we are looking at the new EP from Kings Of The Sun called ‘Built For Speed’ – and although it’s a new release per se, what it is in fact is a 6 track EP of previously unreleased demos that the band recorded in late December 1991 during the recording sessions for the ‘Resurrection’ album that was released on Mushroom Records in 1993.

In recent years both Hoad brothers, Clifford and Jeff have been out and about releasing a ton of great material under their own banners –  yet it was with the first two albums that Kings Of The Sun rose to international prominence – being 1988’s self titled album and 1990’s Full Frontal Attack. Yet what people may forget is that in 1993 the band released what I consider to be their best album, ‘Resurrection’, an album that didn’t garner anywhere near the attention it warranted – No doubt due to a musical landscape that had changed, and of course both music industry and media indifference – yet whatever the reasons – Resurrection is one standout Australian rock record that should have hit the top of the Billboard charts back then.

As I wrote back in 1995 when reviewing that album for the lost albums column in Vicious Kitten fanzine, If ever an album deserved to be included in a column dedicated to neglected music, then it’s definitely this one. Strap yourself in and hang on, cause this album is full of fast and furious rockers that  hurtle you towards a magical place, a place where heavy duty bass, sweet sounding Les Paul’s, and crashing drums all come together and unite in one almighty blaze of rock n roll fury ! Highlights on this album are many and every track is a gem. The Hoad brothers perfected their own unique songwriting style over the years, and this album reflects that high quality. Jeff Hoad is a natural front man. A pin-up boy who has the showmanship of classic-era David Lee Roth. Visually exciting and pulsating, this man has rock n roll in his veins. Jeff Hoad puts the ‘c’ in cool ! Like Levi’s or coca cola, the genuine article. Clifford drums spider-like, all arms and legs, reminiscent of Neal Smith from the Alice Cooper band.”

Which brings me back to the new EP ‘Built For Speed’ – The Resurrection Demo Sessions. There’s some great tunes on this, including the title track. Anthemic, big chorus, big riff – lot of melody – and like a lot of the other classic Kings material – it’s a song about cars and girls – and being a fan of both cars AND girls (as Andy Shernoff once wrote) it’s a rippin’ tune.

I also dig ‘Let Me Go Free’ – more of a power ballad, a plaintive lament in some ways, heavy on the minor chords with a big vocal delivery, super catchy and if given a full production – and in an ideal world – this could be a radio hit – still.  

If you dug the raunch ‘n’ roll of Kings Of The Sun hits such as Serpentine and Black Leather – Primitive Lust will also appeal to you – highlighted by some shredding guitar and funk rhythms that channel Ike Turner and a capital G for groove.  

The evocative and thought provoking Heaven And Hell is another good one – and much like the aforementioned ‘Let me Go Free’, its heavy on the minor chords which give it a contemplative, reflective feel but it leads into a catchy pre chorus and then an ever bigger chorus augmented by femme vocals. Quality song folks – and If you don’t believe you might try.

Absolutely love the big rock anthem that is ‘Madeline’ – killer riff, stack of melody, Stones raunch and a big hook – and as I’ve said a million times before, If a song aint got a hook – it aint worth a nickel. Set to a lyrical Lolita theme, it’s a tune you can dance too – that’s another litmus test of a great tune in my book. 

The Gray Brothers have been fans of the Hoad Brothers for many many years and anything they release is a buy without risk proposition, and comes wholly recommended. Built For Speed The Resurrection Demo Sessions gets two thumbs up from me and is available now for only $10 !

Get it from http://www.kingsofthesunband.com/

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My rock n roll blood brother and I have long been Kings Of The Sun admirers. Check out some of our previous posts we’ve penned related to this iconic Queensland outfit !

I was rummaging through some of my rock merch this afternoon and discovered this gem ! According to my scrawl on the back of this set-list – it was in fact Kings of The Sun vocalist’s Jeff Hoad’s. It is dated 19th January 1989 – Manly Hotel in Sydney, supported by the Candy Harlots. I am so grateful that I used to have the good sense to gather these items ! The Manly Hotel – which was steeped in rock n roll history – and was situated opposite Manly Wharf – was demolished many many years back, to make way for apartments. KOTS destroyed that shitty live venue that very night ! Both bands (Kings and the Candy Harlots) did a run of dates together at that time and I saw many dates (including one in December WAY out west in a place called Berkshire Park)….It was a great double bill. Any fan of pure rock n roll digs the Kings Of The Sun…check the set list back then !!! ‘Bad Love’ was such a great tune to open with. ‘Drop the Gun’ had not been released yet but was already appearing in the set-list. What I would give to locate a time machine and set the date for that evening. Great memories….

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The amazingly talented and under appreciated Hoad Brothers - Cliff and Jeff Hoad

We here at Rockbrat were big fans of Kings Of The Sun. If you were around in the late 80’s, you may remember their two amazing albums, their self titled effort from 88 and the follow up, ‘Full Frontal Attack’. The fact that they were from Australia made it even better. This band were as good as, if not better than, anything that came out of LA (or anywhere else for that matter) during that period, and that they didn’t go on to be as big as G ‘N’ R or Aerosmith remains an anomaly. Great original riffs, memorable songs, an amazing front man who was cooler than cool, and a truly kick ass drummer. Mr. Rockbrat had the ‘Bottom Of My Heart’ 7” when it came out, and as a KI$$ fan was wise to Kings as they had supported Noo York’s finest across Europe in 87.  I saw the band on several occasions, but one gig stands out clearer than others. This was in 1990, and the venue was the Caringbah Inn. Screaming Jets had the support and Kings Of The Sun were headlining. The ‘Full Frontal Attack’ album was out and to my ears, was a seriously rockin’ album (Steven Tyler dug it remember). Before the band came on, the entire crowd was staring transfixed at the video screen watching a video by LA’s lamer than lame Warrant, ‘Cherry Pie’. Cute girl, thin sounding band. Shows you just how dumb people can be. They are about to see a band who were a ZILLION times better than Warrant, yet they are transfixed by Warrant. Well, I got it at least – even if they didn’t. Kings were hot that night, with Glen Morris back in the fold after his sabbatical to the Screaming Tribesmen. By 1993, with Kurt and Eddie now flavour of the month, it seems that Kings were on the way out. They released an album in 1993 for Mushroom Records called’ Resurrection’ which in my opinion was simply stunning, full tilt rock n roll – but it fell on deaf ears. The Hoad Brothers Jeff and Cliff have continued to make killer rock n roll since that time, and are still at it. Check out their web site, where you can listen to and buy some of their more recent albums. Start with their ‘Stand Back’ album, AMAZING! Yet get ‘em all, they are all Rockbrat approved!