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Posted by: Dave on November 8, 2002 at 12:46 am

Like all of the current bands being dubbed “garage rock revivalists” (The Hives, The Mooney Suzuki, Vue, etc.), The Flaming Sideburns are certainly in touch with their rock and roll history. Chunky, blues riffs and raw, blistering solos meet vocals with Iggy Pop’s ferocity and Mick Jagger’s sass. Though the music industry may seem flooded with this formula nowadays, these Scandinavians have their own spin – an Argentinean frontman. Eduardo Martinez leisurely throws in Spanish throughout and sings all the verses in “Blow the Roof” in his native tongue, before returning to English for the choruses. While these nuances blend into the high-powered rockers, the mid-tempo diversions (“Flowers,” “Stripped Down” and “Lonesome Rain”) establish a unique identity with his Spanish accent. The restrained tunes also give the album a healthy variety and a breather from the full-on assault. Great guitar work, arena-ready hooks and international flavor make these garage rockers ready for a bigger stage.

– Dave Powers
(As posted 11/8/02 on 3wk.com)



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