|Ace Brown & His Helldivers - Selftitled
Wild Hare Records RB04001
It's allways good to see young enthusiastic kids with a deep love for rockabilly promoting our music with an excitement that is so typical for the young ones. The info flyer says "raw and energetic", and that is not a word too much. Overall, this is not a very bad CD, Ace Brown has written 11 out of 12 songs on the album, together with his slapper Bones. The songs are good, and well written and the lyrics have all the ingredients needed to whip up a good rockabilly song.
Still there are some issues the band and the producers must pay attention to. The instruments are out of tune on quite a few songs. Also Ace is having trouble to keep his voice in the key of the song, he sings actually out of tune on several occasions. This goes for the bassplayer as well, I mean, it's hard to play exact notes on a fretless doublebass, and in fact, it's one of the charmes of the rockabilly slapper to float a little bit around the notes, Bones is overdoing this a little too much for my taste. Also a minor point is that the duration of the songs is way too long. I think if they shorten those songs they would have a much stronger impact.
On the other hand, these guys will probably have a super live show, and you will never hear anybody complain during a live gig about these things I just mentioned, but I think they should work on these flaws, and not be discouraged by my criticism, because these youngsters sure do have a lot of potential!
Ace Brown and his Helldivers are a fourpiece band from Butler, Pennsylvania and specialize in raw traditional rockabilly, including twangy guitar (Ace) slap bass (Johnny), rhythm guitar (Nic) and snare drum (Fred). Ace is the lead vocalist and is backed with great harmonies by Johnny. Currently the band is scheduled for performances all over the mid west, Manhattan and Europe later this fall. Additionally, a release party is planned for the Columbus, Ohio area later this summer.
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Reviewed by Uncle_B, 2004