BULLETS AND BOOZE
Released May 12, 2012 (Triage Music Firm)
01. Queen Of Denial
02. Rock ‘N Roll Pain Train
03. Helluva Time
04. All The Same In The Dark
05. Bad Boy
06. Honey Lemon Kisses
07. No Room For Emotion
08. Let Me Be
09. Love Like This
10. Dragon Tattoo
11. Bullets And Booze
12. Take Another Picture
13. The One You Love
14. That’s The Way It Is (At A Rock N’ Roll Show)
15. One Single Drop
Erik Johnson – vocals, guitar and keyboards
Justin Velte – lead guitar and vocals
Ty Sims – bass and vocals
Rob McCauley – drums and vocals
Eric Ragno – piano and horns (15)
Produced by Ty Sims and Erik Johnson.
Take a pretty old school sleaze feel, shake it up with a modern groove and its album number five for Bombay Black. The band are racking up quite a following the old fashioned way, attracting a number of high profile support slots including L.A. Guns, Firehouse and Slaughter — and it’s easy to see why.
We’re told that Bullets And Booze “reflects the tour bus mayhem on ‘The Rock ‘N’ Roll Pain Train'” (which to be honest had me prepared for the worst) and yet here I am literally reveling in newest member Justin Velte‘s fret bothering genius as he crunches, taps and soars through some of the most finely crafted riffs on four wheels. Written by vocalist Erik Johnson and co-produced with bassist Ty Sims, Bullets And Booze sounds crystal clear yet stained and spontaneous with a smoky veneer on the likes of the L.A. Guns inspired “Let Me Be”.
“Queen Of Denial” and “The One You Love” see Erik Johnson‘s raw, swaggering vocals swell catchy verses into party laden pop rock hooks that you’ll be swigging until dawn — before flipping her over and doing it all over again. “Dragon Tattoo” best nails the Bombay Black sound for me but hey, you have fifteen tracks here — far too many to keep the party going, right? Wrong. It really is all killer here from Rob McCauley‘s opening salvo right up until “One Single Drop” with its tinkling piano intro and the timely reminder that ‘if you ain’t havin’ fun, what the hell’s life for?’
Bullets And Booze should be the one to blow the scene wide open for Bombay Black. It’s no mistake that the Gods of hair metal are catching up with Bombay Black — they’ve got some of the best songs they never wrote.
www.bombayblackmusic.com – www.facebook.com/Bombay.Black.Rocks – www.triagemusicfirm.com
Reviewed by Mark Redmayne for Sleaze Roxx, August 2012