On the eight day of Christmas PlanetMosh gave to me Eight Scarlett Gypsies in that I got their eight track debut album ALL ACCESS to review. Not sure they would have managed to find any milk maids these days, Gypsies or otherwise!
Scarlett Gypsy are a four piece Glam Metal band from York, Pennsylvania. Playing the old school type of Rock I used to dance to in the clubs back in the late eighties/early nineties (still do when I go clubbing!). The opening track Don’t Play Games With Love has some Michael Schenker Group Armed and Ready style riffage albeit slower, I’m thinking of a cross between that and Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. When You See Me and Don’t Forget My Name are slower more ballad-y numbers and put me in mind of tracks from Wizz Wizzard’s acoustic album Rock Lives On. There’s a cover of Black Betty the song made famous when Ram Jam covered it and, although they put their own slant on it starting with an Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train style opening scream and including some screaming riffs, it reminded me more of 777 by D’Molls, and although it’s alright, I prefer Ram Jam’s version.
Tuff-E-Nuff starts with a motorcyle revving Motorhead by Motorhead style (from their ‘On Parole’ album) then becomes a country style number reminiscent of Canned Heat’s On The Road Again before changing again into a more glam rock number. Is This Love a Love/Hate Black Out in the Red Room start, Luv’n Shuv’n a porn film start. Lot’s of different styles in here to keep you interested, ballads interspersed with screaming riffs and heavier numbers. A good debut from the Pennsylvanian four piece. Highlight track Tuff-E-Nuff.
1: Don’t Play Games With Love
2: When You See Me
3: Black Betty
4: Is This Love
5: Without Your Love (Not In Love Together)
7: Don’t Forget My Name
8: Luv’n Shuv’n
David Mathew – Lead Vocals
Steve Plonk – Guitar & Vocals
Robert Douglas – Bass & Vocals
Scotty Scarlett – Drums & Vocals