Released in 2007 (Perris Records)
02. Wrong Number
03. Boozin’ Susan
04. Your Side
05. Bad Habit
06. Seven Beer Bitch
07. No Warning
08. Bet Your Life
09. Hook Slide
10. Goin’ Nowhere
Lee Scott – lead vocals
Paul Lidel – guitar, vocals and keyboards
Steve Sweet – bass and vocals
Armando Reyes – drums and percussion
Guitarist Paul Lidel has a one track mind, and I love his way of thinking. After playing in such sleaze legends as Dirty Looks, Dangerous Toys and Broken Teeth one should be able to guess what Adrenaline Factor will sound like. If you guessed pissed-off AC/DC inspired rock you would be right on the money, because once again Paul gives the fans exactly what they want and expect.
It’s no surprise that vocalist Lee Scott also struts his stuff with an AC/DC cover-band named Big Balls as he captures the energy and swagger of Bon Scott flawlessly. Some listeners may say he sounds like Daffy Duck after a meth binge, and I wouldn’t be able to argue against them, but it is the type of voice that fits cranky rock like this perfectly. Pick a song, any song, and prepare to be bludgeoned by rock that rivals Dirty Looks and Rhino Bucket‘s best work.
“Ride” starts things off with a Broken Teeth sound – I suppose Paul is as entitled to that sound as anyone. That track is followed by the equally satisfying “Wrong Number” and the screeching “Boozin’ Susan”. “Seven Year Bitch” is another song that takes this same formula to the bank. I love how “Bad Habit” starts off slow and melodic and then just explodes into a fury, the tempo change makes the fast part seem even more urgent and I’d have to say that this is my favorite song on Adrenaline Factor.
Rumor has it that there is a new Dirty Looks CD in the works, and you have to hope they manage to capture the same energy that Adrenaline Factor has. Playing what appears to be ‘simple’ music isn’t that simple, it is all about rhythm, feel, attitude and groove. Paul Lidel is one of the few that knows how to deliver them all.
Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, March 2007.