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 Heartbreakers‘ Born 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!
01 (Ain‘t No) Shangri-La
02 Gimme The Shakes
03 Feldman‘s Exit
05 White Light
07 Bottled Blues
08 Sweet Action
09 Finskt Blod
10 Ready To Fall
11 Day Turns To Night
Viktor Skatt – Bass & Vocals
William Dickborn – Guitars & Vocals
Niclas Kristoferson – Drums
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