|Riot, Wild Rooster
Old-Rock Records ORR 2008-1
In my CD player is the red hot debut album of a brand new band from Sweden named Wild Rooster. Frontman of this new band is no-one less than Stefan Jägermyr aka Steve Riot. Of course us old teds have known Stefan for quite some time, because he was also fronting bands like Crossfire and Snakebite. Stefan also played with my lifetime friend Wild Bob Burgos on his album "A Lifetime Of Rockin".
Lars Wermlund was a member of Snakebite and Dreadnoughts, and Kim Amberg played with The Blue Eagles and The Rockin' Wildcats. David Sundqvist played in Hailstone before Wild Rooster. So, we have a new band with old rockers! On their MySpace page you can read: "Wildrooster have a big mix of cool rockin' bands as inspiration, from early Charley Feathers to Batmobile. So there's not a scene we won't rock to peaces! Get up, get wild, n' rock like hell."
And that we'll do! The record is mostly in traditional teds stomp style, and that's what I like best! I was always a fan of Crossfire and Snakebite, and this new Wild Rooster album is right up my alley. There's 14 tracks here, 12 of which are written by Stefan and the band. That leaves us with 2 covers: Stompin' With The Wildcats (Johnny & The Roccos), and "South's Gonna Rise Again (Jesse James). The latter being a teddy boy favorite ever since Sandy Ford and his Flying Saucers recorded it.
A few words from John Whiteleather, who wrote the linernotes:
So, what we have here is a fabulous rock 'n' roll album that'll keep your feet stomping for a while. I'd like to end with a quote from Hannibal (yes, from the A-team): "I love it when a plan comes together!"
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2008