3rd outing from the siblings of Joe Perry(Aerosmith).
TAB The Band – Zoo Noises
Throwback rock and roll gets a makeover courtesy of this promising American band. With Joe Perry of Aeorosmtih fame as your father it’s no wonder that your sole purpose in life is to recreate rock and roll of old! Plenty of lively hummable tunes and steeped in similarities to early Rolling Stones this is an epic throwback.
Their sound is best describes as vintage, but their knack for a catchy melody is undeniable. Check out the fuzzy Left Dead In Hilton House, bluesy Be My Valentine and folky ballad Your Mission. With plenty of variety (try garage rock, acoustic dittys, floaty pop-rock, classic rock for just a few) this long 16 track outing does enough to maintain interest. TAB The Band are worthy in their own right and not just ‘that classic aerosmiths guitarists kids group’ anymore.
Mr Flowers Says:
Zoo Noises is an album that owes a lot to rock of the 60s and 70s; Drinka Cuppa Poppy harks back to some Beatles song I can’t think of the name of, and the start of On Course just apes The Doors. It’s hardly going to start a revolution, but they marry all that country and blues with a poppy melody effortlessly and you end up wondering why more bands around now aren’t as heavily influenced by the great music from that other decade. The satisfyingly crunchy riff on Be My Valentine and funky blues guitar on Bobby and Jane are good tunes, and the album closer I Don’t Mind If You Cry is just a riotous mess.
I tried to crowbar some reference to Tab Clear at this point about being bland or something but, unlike that failed teeth-rotting fad, I actually quite like this record making that metaphor completely inappropriate.
DoesItRock Overall Score: 7
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