Stripwired – Stripwired

Stripwired - Stripwired
Released 2007 (Marque Records)

Track List:
01. Doghouse
02. Another Shot
03. Drop The Bomb
04. Backdoor
05. Fifty Cent Millionaire
06. Break Las Vegas
07. Knock Me Out
08. Cat Drag
09. Walk Away
10. Burn Bitch Burn
11. Dirty Love

Band Members:
Darren Caperna – vocals
Mike Mroz – guitar
Mike Wagner – guitar
Taylor Smith – bass
Jay Benzi – drums

Produced and engineered by Mike Mroz.

2007 is turning out to be a banner year for fans of AC/DC inspired rock. The thunder from down under themselves have an ambitious box set coming soon, Dirty Looks have returned, Airbourne and Adrenaline Factor burst onto the scene and now we have Stripwired. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Stripwired evolved from the AC/DC tribute band Back In Black so it isn’t surprising the path this self-titled CD has taken.

Vocalist Darren Caperna does a dead-on impression of Brian Johnson. If anything he is an even hoarser version of the original – if that’s even fucking possible!! It still amazes me how people can sing like this without screwing up their vocal chords, but God bless ’em. As for the band behind the singer, well, if you know what AC/DC sounds like then you know what Stripwired sound like. Each song is based on simple three chord riffs poured over a steady rhythm, it is a formula that has been done to death, but it is also a formula that almost always works. And it works here.

Some of these songs could have pulled directly from AC/DC albums, in fact when the band says that people mistake these compositions for new AC/DC tracks at their live shows I believe them. For instance, “Break Las Vegas” is Stripwired‘s version of “Safe In New York City” while “Burn Bitch Burn” could be their rendition of “For Those About To Rock”. Yet those aren’t even the stand-out tracks here, for that check out “Doghouse”, the debut single “Another Shot”, “Cat Drag” and “Dirty Love”, the last song containing a hint of Bon Scott attitude.

I don’t think I really have to go into detail about this disc. Fans of what I call AC/DC clone bands will love it, while others will bitch about its lack of originality. As for me, I could care less about originality, I want something that rocks – and judging by the tingling in my spine while “Dirty Love” blasts its way through my speakers I would say this rocks! –

Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, September 2007.

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