Dave Evans was
AC/DC’s very first singer and a YouTube search will even give some video clips
of the time he fronted the now legendary Aussie rockers. Last year Dave toured
the UK and before he went back home he recorded these 4 tracks. Anyhoo, enough
trivia now and onto the music…..
…..which is basically good old anthemic, Blues-driven
Rock, dense with catchy riffs, loud guitars and a solid beat. Not a whiff of a
ballad, therefore, and the guitars seem to
have a distinct NWOBHM sound to them. Dave’s voice is not going to floor you but
still his singing is both grating and gratifying.
‘Put up or shut up’ deals with timeless Rock ‘N Roll
themes of betrayal and revenge with music that, appropriately enough, makes you
want to raise your fist and let that pent-up frustration all out. ‘I Believe’
has strong hints of Kiss, though a bit rougher at the edges. A great rhythm
section with some excellent guitar soloing
characterises ‘Reach For The Sky’. ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, on the other hand, is
a Metal version of a Blues classic made famous by Muddy Waters, amongst many
others. A good cover, that last one.
So there you have
it, a handful of tracks with all the songwriting clichés of Hard Rock that won’t
change your perception of this music genre. On the other hand, the EP’s title
very much counters that and also hints at the general spirit of these 4 songs.
My appetite is whetted…..can we have some more please?