1st Liberation – I Got The Right To Lose My Mind

1st Liberation - I Got The Right To Lose My Mind

Released 2009 (1st Liberation)

Track List:
01. Whole Lotta Trouble
02. Rock ‘N’ Roll
03. I Got The Right To Lose My Mind

Degen – bass and vocals
Erik Henriksson – lead guitar and background vocals
Joakim ‘Jocke’ Brannvall – rhythm guitar and background vocals
Andre Nordlund – drums

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Goran Norman.

It happened to the 80s L.A. music scene, and it is now happening within the rock Mecca of Sweden… and that is diversity. You can only have so many bands that look and sound alike before the musicians themselves take more and more chances to separate themselves from the pack. If that is a good or bad thing is debatable, but history shows it is unavoidable.

  In Sweden, a country that is churning out rock bands with assembly-line speed, there have been a few groups that aren’t what you would consider ‘run of the mill’, the latest being 1st Liberation. Not only are these guys a bit different from the rest of the angry teased-hair gang, but even their songs are inconsistent.

  This short three song EP starts off with a retro-rock vibe that feels like Thin Lizzy and a hint of flower-power being dragged into hard rock excess. “Whole Lotta Trouble” is alright (and contains some killer guitar work), but completely at odds with what then appears on “Rock ‘N’ Roll”. That song, the best on the EP, is full-throttle energy and lives up to its title with gruff sleazy vocals and more great guitar work. The final track takes things even further as they drift into Motorhead territory… not just in attitude, but in vocal styling and the pumping bass rhythms, although it almost finds the band trying too hard.

  In three short songs 1st Liberation have offered three completely different sounds. I’m not sure if the band has an identity crisis or if they are just feeling their way around? I Got The Right To Lose My Mind shows as much potential as it does variation. What these young guys decide to do on a full-length release could be interesting, that is if it ever happens. It turns out the band is now on hiatus while frontman Degen serves a prison sentence, how’s that for a rock ‘n’ roll story? Until the guys figure out what their future holds you can download these three tracks from their website.

  www.1stliberation.com – www.myspace.com/1stliberation

Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, October 2009.

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