Poets & Pornstars – Poets & Pornstars
POETS & PORNSTARS
POETS & PORNSTARS
Released 2007 (Adrenaline Music)
01. Rock And Roll
02. Get Your Kicks
04. My Devil’s Song (SexWineWomenSongSugarMagicMoney)
05. In The Dark
06. War On Gravity
08. Partners In Crime
09. Spy Vs. Spy
Hal Ozsan – vocals and guitar
Domo – guitar
Sally Hope – bass
Dave Plesh – drums
Randy Austin – keyboards, percussion and backing vocals
Produced by Hal Ozsan. Executive Producer Fred Croshal.
When it comes to 80s rock L.A.’s Sunset Strip is legendary, responsible for giving birth to the best and the worst of heavy metal. Little has been heard from the Strip since the bottom fell out of commercial rock in the mid 90s, but Poets & Pornstars plan on changing that. These L.A. natives claim to be “giving L.A. the Strip back and giving the Strip rock and roll back”. Judging by their self-titled release, they just may keep that promise.
Don’t expect to hear a glammed up hair metal band, Poets & Pornstars are more of a retro rock band. Singer Hal Ozsan has a soulful blues voice like that of Little Caesar‘s Ron Young and the rest of the band follow along with infectious rhythms and memorable riffs.
The opening track of the CD really sums up the entire album, simply put this is “rock and roll”. The music isn’t flashy or self-righteous, it just delivers, time and time again. “Rock And Roll” is a killer start and could easily have appeared on a Little Caesar album while “Get Your Kicks” excels in the same way Primal Scream‘s “Rocks” did. The band takes a dreamy power-pop turn on “Strange” before shifting back into no-frills rock mode with “My Devil’s Song”. The second half of the disc finds the group expanding their sound with varied results.
This type of music has been done before, and no doubt will be attempted many more times, but it’s the type of music that always stays fresh. Perhaps it is because music such as this doesn’t stray too far from the roots of rock itself, its simplicity burrows itself deep inside your soul. Poets & Pornstars may not be able to bring rock back to the Strip single-handedly, but they are giving it a hell of a shot.
www.poetsandpornstars.com – www.myspace.com/poetspornstars
Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, August 2007.
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