Reckless Love are a Finnish Glam Rock band who, these days, perform their own music and songs, after initially starting out as Reckless Life, a Guns N’ Roses tribute. They release their fouth album InVader via Spinefarm records on 4th March 2016. The album has been produced by Ilkka Wirtanen.
Drummer Hessu Maxx had this to say:
“Our latest album “InVader” sends a fresh breeze from Finland to all over the world in March 2016. We took our time with this album and it was worth it. ‘InVader’ is our boldest and most versatile album so far. We recorded these killer songs, we found the sound and it’s all there. There is nothing to add. We really nailed it this time. We are really looking forward to getting back on the road because that is where we belong. You’re going to see and hear this merry metal four piece even stronger than before.”
InVader is the follow up to their 2013 studio album Spirit, which I remember well as it was my very first album review see here! I actually thought this album was similar in terms of quality and style. Whilst it contains anthems, ballads, salsa, jungle and a whole host of different elements it’s fairly consistent with Spirit and the whole spirit of Reckless Love which is fun and entertainment.
Opening track We Are The Weekend has a bit of a royal fanfare start before the chugging beat leads into something with a bit of an I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts vibe. The fanfare leads nicely into a song which could be an anthem for Reckless Love fans and that’s Hands. With it’s jungle beat and chants of ‘Let me see your hands’ I can see this one being a popular one at live shows and I thought it had the spirit of Night On Fire from their album Spirit mixed with a bit of Duck Sauce, (chewed up by) the Big Bad Wolf a great fun track which I can imagine Olli running across the stage, and throwing a few scissor kicks to, whilst encouranging everyone to raise their hands! Monster about plastic surgery and botox, couldn’t by any stretch be called a grunge song, but some of the riffage did put me in mind of Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, add in some screaming riffs and a military drum beat and you come out with a Monster of a song!
I wasn’t too keen on Child Of The Sun it’s more like a summer pop anthem and one I’d skip. Luckily the next song Bullettime picked up tempo, with it’s soaring riffage it has a more David Lee Roth Yankee Rose vibe. I’ll stay with David Lee Roth for the next song Scandinavian Girls think of California Girls but I thought the guitar solo, about two minutes in, had a Scottish feel and could just as easily and seemlessly have been played on the bagpipes! Pretty Boy Swagger with it’s autobiographical name, adds a bit of rap into the mix at the beginning of the song. Rock It reminds me of Crashdiet’s Breaking The Chains although that may be because the lyrics include the line and ‘These are the chains that I wanna break’ and Olli did front Crashdiet for a time. Destiny put me in mind of Ratt’s Round and Round mixed with Bon Jovi’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. I’m taking the next two tracks out of turn Keep It Up All Night an upbeat party song, should transfer well to the stage and ends the album on a high note. I saved Let’s Get Cracking until the end as this is my favourite track with it’s MSG Armed and Ready riffage meets Prince’s (Symbol – whatever!) Let’s Go Crazy screams.
There’s nothing too deep and meaningful in the lyrics which cover such topics as the weekend, Miss Plastic Fantastic (Monster), Scandinavian Girls and with the last two songs titled Let’s Get Cracking and Keep It Up All Night! Just the thought of cracking anything with Reckless Love and them keeping anything up all night makes me feel a little giddy and faint! Ooh er!
Where Reckless Love really shine is on the stage and I’m looking forward to seeing a few of these new tracks live next month.
Highlight Track: Let’s Get Cracking
1: We Are The Weekend
4: Child Of The Sun
6: Scandinavian Girls
7: Pretty Boy Swagger
8: Rock It
10: Let’s Get Cracking
11: Keep It Up All Night
On the live front, Reckless Love will be returning to the UK in March, with Spinefarm label-mates Santa Cruz guesting on all dates. After the first seven shows, the tour heads off into Europe before culminating at the end of the month at the Scala theatre in London.
UK Tour Dates:
04 March – Thekla, Bristol
05 March – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
06 March – Key Club, Leeds
07 March – O2 Academy2, Newcastle
09 March – Cathouse, Glasgow
10 March – Gorilla, Manchester
12 March – Rock City, Nottingham
31 March – Scala, London