I first came across Bulletproof Rose when I saw them supporting Dave Evans at The Towler in Tottington in June 2013. I was instantly hooked and, impressed by their raw and energetic performance, have seen them several times since, with a few line-up changes along the way. Bulletproof Rose have been one of our featured bands (see here) so I was pleased to get their debut EP ‘Loud Hard Fast’ to review.
Formed by Jacob Siddle and Dan Wallace in West Cumbria, this hard rocking young four piece have also supported bands like Dirty Diamonds and Fallen Mafia and will shortly hit the road with Confess on some of their forthcoming UK tour dates. ‘Loud Hard Fast’ will be self released on Monday 27th April 2015.
The first track is also the band’s name Bulletproof Rose and it’s a great opener, punky and aggressive with some great riffs. I reviewed a Bulletproof Rose gig a year ago (see here) and in Gypsy I picked up elements of Bon Jovi’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and I still pick that up in the studio version but I also picked up elements of Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild and the song even even starts with the line ‘Head down on the highway’ which is very similar to the second line in the latter. My Girl has yet more of the Bulletproof Rose style no frills but energetic rhythm and riffs.
For Bang Your Head think of Heavens on Fire by Kiss meets Slaughter and the Dogs’ Hell In New York. The final track is the title track Loud Hard Fast and in this one I picked up two older songs think Danny & The Juniors meet Status Quo’s Caroline At The Hop! The latter being released in 1957 but if you watch the video and imagine Danny Rapp in a long blonde wig you’ll get the similarity! This track also has some of the best riffs on the album and yes, they play it hard and fast so it’s best played loud!
I enjoyed this EP, no fillers and some interesting similarities. It will give you a taster off what these young Cumbrians have to offer. If you like Hard Rock or Punk then have a listen and if you get chance then you should definitely see them live too! Five tracks gets Bulletproof Rose five stars for their ‘Loud Hard and Fast’ debut. My favourite track – well it’s got to be the title track.
Bang Your Head
Loud Hard Fast
Jacob Siddle – Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals
Brian Robinson – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dane Riach – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dan Wallace – Drums