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New Sounds…

I kind of stopped keeping a close ear on music and musical trends a lot of years ago, so I will very rarely champion new music, but when I find something I like it’s only fair that I throw some light upon it.

Dirty Honey may sound like a porn site (and I’d probably like that too) but it’s actually an American four-piece rock band that could be the musical lovechild of Guns ‘n’ Roses and AC/DC.

The lead singer Marc LaBelle is extremely reminiscent of Axl Rose back in the raw days of Appetite for Destruction, so much so that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just an impression, rather than a serious attempt at making a musical statement.

If you enjoy old fashioned rock sounds, there’s a very good chance their music will strike a chord with you.

I’m sure they’ve been plying their craft for a while, but being relatively new to the public consciousness they don’t have a huge back catalogue to listen to, but check out their track When I’m Gone and let me know what you think.

I reckon you’ll be hearing more about them before too long.

Sunday Song Suggestions #27…

Thunderstruck – AC/DC – 1990

This week saw the death of Malcolm Young, the co-founder and longtime songwriter and rhythm guitarist with AC/DC. His passing comes as an unfortunate reminder that I have neglected to mention them here on my site, because AC/DC is not only the greatest rock band to come out of Australia, but one of the best in the genre, from any part of the world.

I lived in Sydney – the hometown of AC/DC – when Thunderstruck was released in 1990, and it the first time I was properly introduced to the band. Hearing Brian Johnson’s raw and gritty vocals, and watching Angus Young as a thirty-something, strut across the stage wearing his trademark school uniform in this stylised concert video, was a breath of fresh air.

It’s many years later now and I’ve listened to AC/DC extensively since I was a teenager, but Thunderstruck is hard to top, and it remains one of my favourite tracks from their mighty catalogue. Although the band has gone through a plethora of incarnations and line-up changes, their sound has remained largely unchanged, and a lot of that can be attributed to Malcolm Young.

Rest well good sir, but rest loud.