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The Drippers – Action Rock

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The Drippers
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Rating:
4
On August 27, 2019
Last modified:August 28, 2019

Summary:

Bottle up those blues, add a huge dose of Motörhead, a drop or two of The Hellacopters, a pinch of Nashville Pussy, a handful of Black Bullets. Give it a good shake and out drop The Drippers!

The Drippers formed in Sweden in 2016 a three piece action rock band. One guitar, one bass, one drummer, two vocalists. Two vocalists? Doesn’t that make five? Not in this case as Viktor and William share the lead vocal duties. The band have just released their debut album Action Rock. The album was recorded during the latter half of 2018 in Sunlight Studio and produced by Tomas Skogsberg.

Like the dual vocal role a drip can have dual meanings. A drop of liquid or a boring person! Will Action Rock prove to have a drop of something special or be a boring drip of an album? Let’s find out!

Opening with (Ain‘t No) Shangri-La a fast and furious number think Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way in a helicopter? Make that Hellacopter as in The Hellacopter’s (Gotta Get Some Action) Now! and no we aren’t going to any mystical, harmonious valley so it’s fair to say that Shangri-La it ain’t! The siren style riffs in Gimme The Shakes take you on a Powertrip a la Monster Magnet.

Feldman’s Exit  is the next track and whilst I know that Viktor and William share vocals, I don’t know who takes the lead on which tracks, but I do know that the vocals in this one sound similar to those of the (now disbanded) Black Bullets Billy Tee.

Långgatan means street in Sweden and Andra långgatan (Second Long Street) is a street in Gothenburg, Sweden. Andra Långgatan is the coolest and most student-friendly street in Gothenburg. This song is a cool, student friendly song, with a retro vibe to it bringing to mind Speaker First’s Break My Soul.

White Light and I’m going for Overkill on the old Motörhead here as this isn’t the first time I picked up a comparison. Both songs from the three piece, Lemmy, Eddie and Philthy era and we’ll come to the next one soon!

Backbeat reminded me of Chase the Ace’s Bad Seed and they really are chasing that ace with Bottled Blues an Ace of Spades number and surely I don’t need to tell you who by, but it’s not all aces high, throw Johnny Thunders & The HeartbreakersBorn to Lose into the pack, give it a good shuffle and deal out some Bottled Blues!

Sweet Action has a taste of Nashville Pussy and I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not it tastes sweet!!

Finskt Blod which translates as Finnish Blood comes next. Is this a song about Vampire tendencies? It’s difficult to say, they sing so fast I just picked up ‘Yeah, yeah alright Finnish Blood tonight!

Ready To Fall whilst not exactly mellow by any stretch of the imagination, is a bit mellower than the preceding tracks on this album! So, are we ready to fall asleep? Not quite because, before we can put this album to bed, day has to turn into night and it does as we end with Day Turns To Night.

Bottle up those blues, add a huge dose of Motörhead, a drop or two of The Hellacopters, a pinch of Nashville Pussy, a handful of Black Bullets. Give it a good shake and out drop The Drippers!

Track list:

01 (Ain‘t No) Shangri-La
02 Gimme The Shakes
03 Feldman‘s Exit
04 Långgatan
05 White Light
06 Backbeat
07 Bottled Blues
08 Sweet Action
09 Finskt Blod
10 Ready To Fall
11 Day Turns To Night

Band Members:

Viktor Skatt – Bass & Vocals
William Dickborn – Guitars & Vocals
Niclas Kristoferson – Drums

The Drippers on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDrippersgbg/

The Sign Records on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thesignrecords/

Bottle up those blues, add a huge dose of Motörhead, a drop or two of The Hellacopters, a pinch of Nashville Pussy, a handful of Black Bullets. Give it a good shake and out drop The Drippers!

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!

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