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Wildside Riot: No Second Take

"Wildside Riot are a new five piece melodic sleaze band based in the Midlands who combine a heavy edge to instantly infectious songs," says the band's PR people and their website. Actually, their website SHOUTS EVERYTHING IN CAPITALS but that's not important right now is it? Led by former Wrathchild vocalist Rock Shades, Wildside Riot feature (and I'm not too sure about the veracity of these names) Joss Riot (Lord Adonis of the Axe,) Gaz Wilde (Skin Slammer,) James Crotfs (bass,) and Jimmy Gunn (rhythm and co-lead guitars.) Clearly some of the band need to work on their nicknames.

No Second Take is enjoyable in an old-fashioned way and I don't mean that negatively at all. The songs are indeed pretty catchy and infectious - just give the title track or "Broken Toys" a listen. The Lord Adonis of the Axe (assuming he plays most leads) acquits himself admirably with a number of concise solos that give things a Poison/Motley Crue vibe as one would expect with any band featuring Rocky Shades. "That's What Sunday Mornings Are For" is ultra-melodic and is the stand out song for me. Not quite all the songs are totally stellar, "Candiis Gone Bad",(not too sure about the spelling on that one but that's what it says) doesn't really go anywhere but this is a solid release which suggests that the band may well be around for a while yet.

Track Listing:
  1. All Hail the Wasted
  2. Wildside Riot
  3. Broken Toys
  4. Fukk Em
  5. Candiis Gone Bad
  6. That's What Sunday Mornings Are For
  7. Babe I Gotta Go
  8. Angel on my Back
  9. My Paradise
  10. Glitter-Tramps
  11. Wasted Lust
  12. My Woman
  13. There is a Bullet for each of You

Added: February 17th 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2068
Language: english

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Wildside Riot: No Second Take
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-02-17 18:06:31
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Do you remember Wrathchild? You know Wrathchild UK, they released Stakk Attakk and Trash Queens back in the mid 80s? Well for some this UK (as their elongated name for the US market suggested) outfit were legends in their own lunch time, leading the rush of UK sleazesters such as, ummmm..... Tigertailz?? OK, so odds on you've never heard of them, but let's put that to one side as we peruse the new band from onetime Wrathchild frontman Rocky Shades, Wildside Riot, a band claiming to revive this classic era, while offering something new. A grand claim I'm sure you'll agree and one that debut offering No Second Take falls well short of.

Combining the simplicity of early Poison with the simplicity of the Ramones, Wildside Riot have cobbled together thirteen songs that couldn't sound more lost in time if their lives depended on it. Nothing wrong with that I hear you cry - and you'd be correct. However even back in the 80s when people were lapping this sort of stuff up, the lack of danger that "That's What Sunday Morning's Are For", "Glitter-Tramps" or "Fukk Em" possess would have left them down and out on Sunset Strip, not reaching for the stars and bars of fame and fortune. To be fair a production that reminds of old cassette recordings where the bass booms and surges ridiculously and the sing it how you see it gang-vox get lost in the maelstrom, does No Second Take no favours at all and I'm sure that a little less spit and a little more polish would have led to more exciting results. However as it is "Candi's Gone Bad", "Babe I Gotta Go" and "My Woman" all sound like early Motley Crue demos that were rejected because the band were too straight when they put them together.

To be fair to Rocky and his Rioters, one thing this album does possess is the smell of sweat, with the songs reeking of the effort the lads have put into them and that in itself has to count for something. In fact live, I bet they are a different proposition altogether. Unfortunately without the songs to back their toil up, No Second Take is aptly named. One listen will be all you need to know that it ain't worth a second glance...

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