City of Thieves made their live début at Camden Rocks earlier this year. Cutting your rock teeth at a big event is fairly momentous and with their début EP Incinerator being produced by Toby Jepson former Little Angels and Gun front man, mixed by Mike Fraser and mastered by Simon Francis I was expecting this album to be smoking hot!
First of five tracks Incinerator, the title track, a catchy tune with it’s pulsating start and chugging riffs is a bit Chrome Division meets Tower of Crows, think something along the lines of Endless Nights with a Livewire! Next track which isn’t Bus Stop City as I keep singing along, it’s actually Buzzed Up City which starts off a bit like Deep Purple’s Highway Star then adds some Airbourne style riffage. Lay Me To Waste another catchy tune with some dynamic riffs reminded me of Kazo’s Nothing’s Gonna Save You. Here Comes The Shot a great tune with some screaming riffs. The last track Mr 50/50 a live acoustic number was like a cross between Warrant’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi.
Does it live up to it’s name? Did it meet my expectations? You bet! Incinerator is an explosive debut EP. Whilst it’s fair to say that there’s nothing ground breaking it’s just pure no frills rock ‘n’ roll but good music doesn’t have to be different and I was left wanting to hear more of what City of Thieves have to offer. Recommended for fans of Airbourne, Tower of Crows and Chrome Division. Five tracks, five pounds – what else but five stars!
Highlight Track: Buzzed Up City
2. Buzzed Up City
3. Lay Me To Waste
4. Here Comes The Shot
5. Mr 50/50 (Live acoustic)
Vocals/Bass – Jamie Lailey
Guitar/Backing Vox – Ben Austwick
Guitar/Backing Vox – Adam Wardle
Drums/Backing Vox – Will Richards
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