Jokers guitarist Paul Hurst has commented, "I’ve always been totally into the Seventies, they really were the best rock music era." He goes on to mention the classic UK rock band Free and their vocalist as an influence. With their second release Rock n Roll Is Alive, now signed to SPV Steamhammer, The Jokers definitely channel the spirit that time.
Hurst summarizes the band's direction with this additional comment: "I love ... The Who and Led Zeppelin, in other words all bands who play classic rock music with strong emotional vocal melodies and bluesy guitar riffs – pretty much like we do today." Jokers Wane Parry certainly has the passion in his voice, with a range from smooth to strong to swagger and a little Bonn Scott timbre.
Mostly Rock n Roll Is Alive is about no frills classic hard rock touched with blues. There's romp, rock, and swagger of the opener Silver City, Rock n Roll Is Alive, Dr. Rock Head, and Let It Rock, which somes like a merger of Free and AC/DC. Sometimes the rock is presented in a more subdued simmering way as with Radio, only to be lifted by it's fiery guitar solo. Simmering and dripping with some sweet blues honey is slow but purposeful Find My Way Home and the passionate and stirring ballad, Bring Your Love Back to Me.
If you like your hard rock classic, little bit Seventies, and definitely bluesy, The Jokers's Rock n Roll Is Alive should be spinning on your stereo (not iPod or smart phone). Recommended.
If you like your hard rock classic, little bit Seventies, and definitely bluesy, The Jokers's Rock n Roll Is Alive should be spinning on your stereo (not iPod or smart phone).
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