SWINGIN’ AT THE FENCES
Released 2008 (Sunny Bastards)
01. Rock’N’Roll Jail
02. Dancing On Your Grave
03. Pirate Town
04. Crime City
05. Down The Drain
06. Just As Long
07. Travelling Band
08. Pinpoint Eyes
11. Mr. Two Timing
Luca Isabelle – vocals and bass
Tobbe Johansson – guitar and backing vocals
Simon Solomon – guitar
Per Widell – drums
D. Vacuum – vocals (3)
Andreas Stromback – piano and organ
Produced by Luca Isabell and Cowboy Prostitutes.
The band with one of rock’s sleaziest names is back and the cowboy is back in the saddle! The Cowboy Prostitutes have taken some time off between their first self-titled album and the follow-up, entitled Swingin’ At The Fences. Their debut showcased a band with big potential in writing sleazy rock ‘n’ roll anthems while mixing together the best elements of the early 70’s era Rolling Stones, late 80’s glam metal (such as Junkyard) and the roughness of early Hellacopters. Unfortunately the whole affair was somewhat ruined by a very poor production, which made the whole CD almost unlistenable.
The good news is that the production of Swingin’ At The Fences smokes! From the very first chords of “Rock’N’Roll Jail” right to the closing highlight of “Mr. Two Timing” you’ll get a healthy dose of rock. Luca Isabelle, the mastermind behind the band, screams his lungs out, while the melodic backing-vocals add a nice contrast. Compared to the debut, Swingin’ At The Fences has even more attitude and does remind me of Faster Pussycat at some stages. Too much attitude went into the cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s classic “Travelling Band” though, which doesn’t really nail it. But the Cowboy Prostitutes don’t really need to cover songs anyway, as long as they write songs like the brilliant “Crime City”, the Hellacopters-inspired “Down The Drain” or the already mentioned “Mr. Two Timing”. To calm things down there’s also a ballad on here called “Roseline”, which is quite a grower.
The third album is often said to be an important album for a band. After Swingin’ At The Fences, the Cowboy Prostitutes have to come up with something really big to top this effort (and please use the covers as ‘single b-sides’ from now on). If you are looking for a unique sounding sleaze band, don’t look any further and get this album!
www.cowboyprostitutes.net – www.myspace.com/cowboyprostitutes – www.sunnybastards.de
Reviewed by Vige for Sleaze Roxx, September 2008.