Released on July 15, 2016 (Independent)
Well, 2016 sure has been a crapper with regards to influential and celebrity passings, but it sure has been stellar for independently music, both stateside and beyond and Bad Mankeys, this Finnish funk/rock band is no exception. They lay down ten original tracks that if you are a fan of bands like Blind Melon, Extreme, Love On Ice, Ugly Kid Joe, The Dan Reed Network and The Daddies, you will be ecstatic!
For a four piece, these lads certainly lay down a cohesive wall of sound and the musicianship is very competent and pleasant, indeed not only on the insanely catchy and highly funkified numbers like “Case Conflict,” “Mankey Love” and “She’s Got The Devil” but in straight ahead rock n’ roll numbers like “Hold The Line” or “Stunt Coordinator” or “Rules Of The Blues,” the band smokes no doubt. Singer Teddy has a nice vocal presence and is reminiscent of Mike Starr and Sebastian Bach but with more soul and less top end — think Shannon Hoon. Bassist Neva lays down Flea inspired funk filled bass lines for the duration while drummer Cochis is a fill machine and keeps a steady tempo. Rounding out the team is guitarist Tommy O’ who plays a mean funk rock guitar and has the chops to solo nicely for the disc’s entirety. The album’s closer “Kiss Me Deadly” has a “December Rain”/”No Rain” vibe that can’t be denied, great composition and very well played.
So kiddies, again support your indie musicians and bands and pop over to the Bad ManKeys Facebook and show them some love cuz like James Brown, they are four hard at work men in a fickle and unfortunately, in an unrewarding industry who have a very solid effort available for your listening enjoyment.
01. Down Go The Lights
02. Case Conflict
03. Hold The Line
04. Stunt Coordinator
05. Old Love
06. Hey Baby I’m Gonna Leave You
07. Mankey Love
08. She’s Got The Devil
09. Rules Of The Blues
10. Kiss Me Deadly
Neva – bass
Teddy Tender – vocals
Tommy ‘O – guitar
Cochis – drums
Tiia Windahl – saxophone
Lasse Lambert – tambourine, cowbell
Saku Moilanen – keyboards, horn arrangements
Production, recording, mixing and mastering by Saku Moilanen
Reviewed by Terry Martinson for Sleaze Roxx, January 2017
Bad ManKeys‘ “Case Conflict” video:
Second video from Bad ManKeys – Case Conflict album. Long play will be released july 15. ORDER NOW FROM:http://www.levykauppax.fi/artist/bad_… Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BadManKeys/ Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjh… Twitter: https://twitter.com/BadManKeys Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/badmankeys/ Lyrics: Buy the album and read the booklet.
Bad ManKeys “Down Go The Lights” video:
This is the first official single from Bad ManKeys – Case Conflict album. Long play will be released soon in this summer. ORDER NOW FROM:http://www.levykauppax.fi/artist/bad_mankeys/case_conflict/#473098 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BadManKeys/ Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjh6xUSkJyrVzZ0UtS986g?sub_confirmation=1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/BadManKeys Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/badmankeys/ Lyrics: She looks like cat whatcha think about that she`s a one way train with a power rack.