Gypsy Pistolero’s / Love Bite / Dragstrip Junkies
For my first Glam/Sleaze review for Roarrock I went to Wolverhampton’s newest venue The Fixxion Warehouse to witness the album launch party for Gypsy Pistolero’s ‘Forever Wild, Beautiful & Damned Greatest Hits Volume 1′.
After a mix up on the guest list I finally got inside and can say it was like walking onto the set of 70’s Sci Fi show Blakes Seven. It’s only just been painted all white and has the longest walk to the toilets I’ve ever known, the men’s were four flights of stairs up and the women’s six flights, anyway onto the gig.
First up and playing to a handful of people were Preston’s Punk/Sleaze influenced new hotshots Dragstrip Junkies.
With style and rawness you can only get from this type of band ,they ruled the stage from the first song. With vocalist Johnny Rocker and Bassist Adam Wired (looking like the bastard offspring of Dregen), they have a couple of stars that would fit into any inspiring band of the genre.
Most of the songs were pretty much similar, but with a bit of experience under their belt, I expect bigger things from this bunch of young upstarts in the next twelve months.
Next up were Love Bite, who to me were just regurgitating old 80’s hair metal. Now don’t get me wrong when a new band comes on the scene doing this sort of stuff, like some of the bands coming out of Scandinavia at the moment, I’m the first to jump to their defence. But to me there is no sparkle to the band and I can’t really see them doing anymore than supporting more well known bands within the glam/sleaze circles.
The main band for tonight,Gypsy Pistoleros, has been around for numerous years now, and is one of the only bands to repeatedly play the Rocklahoma festival every year.
If you’ve not seen this band before your missing out on some great music.
The band is a cross between L.A Guns and The Gypsy Kings, and do most of their songs in half English, half Spanish which they dub Spanglish. They finally hit the stage around ten thirty to around a hundred people, with the opening track from the new ‘best of’ album, Living Down with the Gypsies, and continually bombard the audience with their sleaze laden masterpieces, running through virtually all of the aforementioned album, before finishing off with the ever popular Ricky Martin song Living La Vida Loca.
The show was also screened live on the net across the world, which is a great way to watch a gig without leaving your armchair, but there is nothing like rockin n rollin side by side with your fellow sleaze bags.
It’s great to see Lee and Iggie have patched up their indifferences and back together where they belong on the stage together. All in all it was a great first gig for the new venue and a nice way for the band to advertise their signing to Heavy Metal Records.