DEMON DRIVE ‘Four Play!’ (Escape Music ESM085) (2003)
The band formed in the mid-90’s from the ashes of Casanova, who had
considerable success in the late 80’s/early 90’s before grunge came along.
The line-up here consists of vocalist/keyboard player Michael Voss,
guitarist Thorsten Koehne, bass player Jochen Mayer and drummer Frank Kraus.
The band peddle straight ahead, good time melodic rock the likes of which
Von Groove and Harem Scarem do so well.
‘Roller Coaster Ride’ opens the album in fine style with a driving melody
and catchy chorus. Next up is a cover of Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’!
Heavier than the original with some tasty guitar solos, the band pull the
cover off well. The band have also re-recorded the Casanova tune ‘Here Comes
That Feelin’s Again’, complete with harmony vocals overload! The old ‘Nah
Nah’ vocals come along in ‘She Goes’, a great bouncy rocker which is
followed by ‘Waterfall’, a song chock full of crisp guitar riffing. The song
also possess on the most catchy choruses I have heard this year, bare
Departure’s ‘Corporate Wheel’. The album slightly tales off at the end with
the party rocker ‘Room No.17’ and ‘Because Of You’ failing to get my foot
tapping. But ‘Remember Where You Heard It First’ redresses the balance,
ending the album on a high with a classic melodic rocker.
The lyrics will never win awards (check out the Coverdale like
‘Misdemeanour’) but then the band never set out to change the world. It’s a
great melodic rock feast and it’s great to see bands producing such good
albums in this genre.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly