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Jokers, The: Rock N Roll Is Alive

Kick ass rock n roll quartet The Jokers made a big splash with 2009's debut The Big Rock n Roll Show that was mixed by no less than Mike Fraser of Black Ice fame. This somewhat belated follow up has been in the planning stages since 2010 and in the world of rock n roll you can soon be forgotten but fortunately it has proven to be well worth the wait. Driving blues fused retro rock with just enough of a contemporary edge to keep it in the 21st Century, Rock N Roll Is Alive finds The Jokers very much back with a bang.

'Silver City' and the title track get things off to a heads down riff tastic start before they take it down a notch with the superb lead single 'Radio' with vocalist Wayne Parry flexing his soulful vocal chords with a confident swagger. 'Night Driver' and 'Blood of Ox' are more 70's tinged hard rockers, Paul Hurst showcasing some tasty runs up and down the fret board before its back to the blues with the huge sounding 'Find My Way Home' and the heart breaking ballad 'Bring Your Love Back To Me'. It is great to see The Jokers back and on the strength of this second album their absence hasn't seen them suffer any loss of momentum. Having already toured with the likes of Fozzy, Argent, Anvil and Y&T they have a strong reputation and following on the live scene around the UK. When they come to your town be sure to check them out and be assured that rock and roll is most definitely alive.

Track List:-
1. Silver City
2. Rock N' Roll Is Alive
3. Radio
4. Blood Of Ox
5. Night Driver
6. Let It Rock
7. Find My Way Home
8. Sky Line
9. N.Y.C.
10. Bring Your Love Back To Me
11. Dr Rock Head

Added: August 17th 2013
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2300
Language: english

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Jokers, The: Rock N Roll Is Alive
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-08-16 19:46:26
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With their The Big Rock And Roll Show making huge waves and the band many friends, UK hard rockers The Jokers looked set to make a serious breakthrough with their 2009 debut effort. However a four year lay off between that first foray and album number two Rock N Roll Is Alive sees much of the built up media momentum lost, although to the band's credit there's no drop off in the upbeat good times they specialise in. Singer Wayne Parry still leans on a certain Bon Scott for inspiration, but while the boogie of AC/DC is never a million miles away, The Jokers have a far wider base for their sound. The title track reminds in the verse of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy", while the romping "Night Driver" has a certain UFO or early MSG feel. That said whether it is the stomp of "Let It Rock", the bluesy swagger of "Find My Way Home" or the strut of early Aerosmith on "Dr Rock Head", The Jokers simply want to good and honest rock. Something they do with a style and panache. Add to that the slower, smoother "Bring Your Love Back To Me", which has a strong air of prime time Bad Company about it and this is a band willing to prove that they have the smarts to mix it up without ever losing focus. However the short intro of "Sky Line" which segues neatly into "N.Y.C." hints at something a little deeper, revealing a touch of ballsed up Rush that reminds of Lone Star. It may not be the song most representative of what The Jokers are currently all about, but it certainly suggests a more sophisticated outlook and something that this band could well benefit from exploring further on future releases. That's not to suggest that the other tracks don't completely satisfy in their current form. They do and with enough power and precision to keep you coming back for more.

The Jokers are not a band playing it for laughs, instead backing up their assertions that Rock N Roll Is Alive through a classy, sassy bunch of songs which bristle with surging, energetic authenticity. Surely that's what keeping Rock N Roll alive is all about?

Jokers, The: Rock N Roll Is Alive
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-07-15 14:19:18
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Rock & Roll Is Alive is the latest SPV release from UK upstarts The Jokers, another collection of catchy '70s styled hard rockers that should see their stock start to rise even further. Hints of ZZ Top, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Faces, KISS, Led Zeppelin, and Free pop up all over the place on this one, so if you are a fan of the golden age of rock, then it's a sure bet you'll like what's on display here. Catchy melodies that stick in your head mesh with ballsy instrumentation on standout songs "Silver City", "Let it Rock" and the title track, while the introspective "Radio" and the raunchy "Night Driver" bridge the gap between heavy rockers and more commercial fare, reminding almost of early '80s Rainbow. And, how can you not love the AC/DC -meets-Raspberries bluesy power pop of "N.Y.C."?

Fun stuff here from The Jokers, so if you like good time 70s styled rock, look no further.

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