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|Written by Dom Daley|
|Tuesday, 13 April 2010 05:00|
A split of sorts as Texas Terri does the first four tracks but Kevin K and his band play on all nine tracks....but that doesn't really matter, what does matter is that the often overlooked but prolific writer and releaser of records that is Kevin K has teamed up with Texas Terri Bomb for possibly their finest half hour on 'Firestorm'.
Pitching somewhere between Iggy and the Stooges, New York Punk and Johnny Thunders, the nine tracks on offer show just how damn good these artists are; one compliments the other superbly and they really do shine. Now, being a big fan of Kevin K, I often love the songs he creates but listening to his music I think that maybe he sometimes needs someone to round off the edges and, dare I say it, introduce a bit of quality control. Finally with this latest offering I think he's hit the jackpot with a great sound married to some meaty playing in all the right places and someone like Texas Terri fronting.
'LA X' gets proceedings off with a blinding Iggy-ish track that motors along with some blistering axe work that fizzes and crackles along. It sounds positively vibrant and bristling with energy. There's no letting up in the pace as 'Love Kills Love' kicks on with an attitude soaked track showcasing what a great player K is. The last of the Texas Terri tracks is a cover of the Dead Boys' 'What Love Is' and between the pair of them manage to pull one out of the bag with a version of this classic 70's track that tells you everything you need to know about great music, Terri plays hard and is a match for anyone in this genre and her delivery is absolutely spot on.
Into the second half and Kevin K takes the vocals with some snotty punk on 'Gracelands To Neverland' which has a very New York feel as does 'Don't Know Why'. Kevin K then pays homage to Mr Thunders with a take on the classic 'London Boys'. With the album having a hidden track presumably called 'Gorgeous Girl' again carrying off the Stooges feel this is in my opinion the best work from Kevin K and something I'd love to see him develop with Texas Terri - one compliments the other no doubt about it and well worth hunting down a copy if raw, punk rock is your thing....this will tick all the boxes.
Rock 'n' roll troopers who've been there, seen it, done it, bought the t-shirt and written the fucking book. 'Firestorm' kicks like a mule, goddamn it. Add it to your collection people and, besides, those nice people at CD Baby will put it in the mail for you, lovingly!