BBBlack Dog: One
BBBlack Dog is a mix of German and English band members stationed out of the UK. They have logged nearly 300 gigs and five albums worth of original songs. They have been showcased in Hamburg, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, Birmingham and have had tours across two continents. BBBlackDog use no overdubs. Their music is distributed by WhiteDog Records… off course.
The band is made up of Lieutenant Jager Schnitzel, AKA, The Grand Band Master; Baron von Gimphausen, AKA The Aviator; Chief Engineer Axel Boldt, AKA The Engineer; The Dog; Madam Rosie Luminas; and yes…Death.
The album opens with the band's namesake, BBBlack Dog. It is a fast 2:25 minute opener that starts naturally with a dog barking. Then some cool bass and electric lead guitar weaving around pounding drums. Cool psychedelic chords that take you back to the 60s and 70s, but leave me wondering where the steam punk connection is? But steam punk seems to be wide enough a genre right now to take on all new ideas.
Politicians explodes onto the scene like a 60s protest song. It is a great rocker full of angst and electric guitar chord power. They leave no stone unturned either. The melody kinda reminds me of some Cult tracks from the Electric era.
Naïve Common Sense opens full of mystery and cool echo and distance effects vocals, similar to some of Jim Morrison's vocals from the 60s. The track is full of those now familiar psych/electric lead guitar chords. One of the better and longest tracks on the album. I know they'll hate me for writing this, but "thanks for the memories".
Spin is a fun bass and electric guitar run through the weeds. The sound of those chords is original and provides another great highlight on the album and more than pays for the price of admission.
Heavy bass opens What You Need, the best track on the album, with good cymbals and then faster drums as the electric guitar strums slow then faster through the chugging bass and drums. The pace of this track alone is another excellent reason I like this one. Solid rock, but I am still not hearing what I consider traditional steam punk. But then again, I'm a "newbie" to the genre.
Gimp, has some of that bluesy sound and feel to it.
When I Met You opens slowly and quietly with soft guitar strumming and vocals. Another of the better songs on the album for its cool, quiet effects. More of that early Doors feel combined nicely with some 90s grunge effects that blend well.
Speed Dialing sounds like a punk rocker that brings back memories of maybe the Ramones.
Just One More is full of power bass with some exciting lead electric ripping through the speakers. You can even hear a little Led Zep, Bring it on Home blues influence.
Problems opens slowly with plucked guitar and solid drums.
Good and Bad is the longest track on the album. It starts off slowly with bass, electric lead, and plodding drums. The bass is heavy throughout and the sound gains power throughout the track.
I've Had My Fill is filled with start and stop drums, some very cool lead electric guitars and power bass.
Bonus Live Tracks is a medley of some of their best live performances stretched over 12:03 minutes. They sound great live. The long expanses of bass and lead electric meanderings fill the air and bring the audience to their feet.
1. BBBlack Dog
3. Naïve Common Sense
5. What You Need
7. When I Met You
8. Speed Dialing
9. Just One More
11. Good and Bad
12. I've Had My Fill
13. Bonus Live Tracks
Added: March 11th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: BBBlackDog
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