Dislocation [Triple Wide]
Thirty-two years after Eternal Hotfire rewired the Scottish rock’n’roll scene with its hot outlaw sound, the Glaswegians are back with their tenth album, and three years on from the well-received Tales Of Endless Bliss. They haven’t ever moved too far away from their trademark sound from the 1980s, and when it sounds this good why would they.
Still there since 1983 are vocalist Michael Rooney and guitarist Tom Rafferty. Frankly it's hard to imagine the band without either of the mainstays, such is the ferocity of their delivery. Rooney is still in fine voice [which cannot be said for many of his contemporaries]. Dislocation delivers many shades of gut-led-rock, where instinct and feverish metallic KO are favoured over finesse. ‘Fever Zone’ and ‘I Got Fever’ open the album in their usual onslaught manner, i.e. a Gun Club-indebted psychobilly garage blues squall.
Rooney goes full Iggy freak-out mode on ‘The Jump From Real To Weird’ and it’s simply exhilarating to hear the whole ensemble manage to hit these heights. There’s a welcome touch of the psychedelic on some of the more mid-paced numbers like ‘The Heebie Walk’, and trumpeter Robert Henderson puts in a soothing guest appearance on the jazzy introduction to ‘East Campbell Street Breakdown’ [which itself is a more than solid rocker that shows their occasional debt to the MC5] and the proggy(!) sound of ‘Tears’. Also more than worthy of a mention is the fraught drama of piano-led ‘Let It Happen’, which pound for pound sits easily alongside the similar sounds of Nick Cave or the Jim Jones Revue, and either of those parties would be very happy to call it their own.
Overall then, impressive stuff. Since their return in 2007 they really have shown no signs of let up with their quality and energy, which is something to admire and celebrate. They are the house band William S. Burroughs would choose. So should you, punks.
BY PHIL ISTINE
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