In the mood for some no-nonsense, ass kickin', early '80s styled hard rock? Then you've come to the right place with the latest from Italian act Small Jackets. IV is a lot of fun from start to finish, no-frills, hi-energy rock with elements of classic heavy metal, Southern Rock, and '70s styled hard rock. "Trouble Blues" is pure whisky soaked Southern Rock along the lines of Molly Hatchet & Lynyrd Skynyrd, while "Ball n Chain" & "Black Beauty" reminds of the days when Motley Crue were 'shouting at the devil' rather than singing about 'girls, girls, girls'. Elsewhere, hard rockers like "What We Feel", "Hellraiser", and "Mama Said" dial up raunchy guitar licks and vocals with a bluesy swagger that will appeal to any fan of vintage Aerosmith, AC/DC, Free, or even modern act Rival Sons.
I've said it many times before, but Transubstans Records always seems to have a knack for finding bands like this that have a real grip on classic heavy rock sounds, and Small Jackets are no different. Give IV a shot and be prepared for a hard rockin' good time.
Ball 'N Chain
What We Feel
Heard It On The X
The Wall Of Sound