The simple message of Call to Arms, the first album by Boetz — which consists primarily of Atlanta singer and multi-instrumentalist Ernest Robert Boetz — appears to be this: Rock ’n’ roll is good. Not surprisingly, that's the title of one of the 10 songs on offer here. Also, it’s no shock that Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister (perhaps the "rock ’n’ roll is good" poster boy) joins Boetz on the album-opening title track. This is straight-ahead, trends-be-damned, balls-out rock ’n’ roll. And — wouldn’t you know it? — Boetz calls his own label "Balls Out Records."
The catchy "Shinin’" grooves with it arena-rock riffs and chorus, "Gettin’ Over You" is a blues-drenched romp, and Ratt meets Cinderella (only with better vocals) on "Weak in the Knees." Think Aerosmith. Think AC/DC. Think Bad Company. Think this guy is nuts? Boetz’s web site throws down the gauntlet against "the homogenized, fashion-plated, video-driven, ultra-trendy, flavor-of-the-month, ear candy super crap that the record biz thinks you find so irresistible," and it features photos of the extremely long-haired, blond Boetz playing guitar while wearing a headband and sweatbands. Other photos showcase him and his motorcycle, with Boetz’s name emblazoned across the gas tank.
Call him the Andrew W.K. of classic rock. This guy is serious about living in the past, and he does it so well. In fact, he deserves an extra half-star just for the strength of his convictions.