This Cd showed up in my mailbox recently unannounced. Given the name being Southside Stranglers I figured I was getting some hardcore sludge metal band that was going to be generic (I didn’t read the one sheet that was included mind you) and not really my style so in the “pile” it went. Fast forward to now, as I was sampling the album to see if it was within the realm of The Soda Shop, I was greeted to a very nice surprise.
Southside Stranglers reminds me of such bands like Federale, Mad Anthony, and Geromino!. They have that no bullshit straight up rock and roll without all the extra effects and other unnecessary bullshit. In a nutshell, standard rock and roll. There’s no overuse of any fuzz, phaser, or wah wah pedals. Great song writing and a mastery of each instrument is key here and listening through, they proove to me, they have what it takes.
Devilled isn’t necessarily going to blow your socks off but that certainly doesn’t take away from the charm within. I don’t want to come off and say it’s generic rock, it’s not. It’s not necessarily stoner rock either although it teeters on that fine line between stoner and not stoner. I was fairly impressed by the overall tone and the fact that it held my attention for more than just a few listens. It is short at 21 minutes though. The songs range from about a minute and a half to just under four minutes. In terms of song lengths, it’s like the Ramones without the punk. There are no long drawn out intros, outros or guitar solos either. That’s also part of the charm of the album. It gets right to the point and doesn’t disappoint. Right down to business, that’s how it is and at times, that’s how it should be. One thing for sure, it fits them well.
Take a listen below and see for yourself. The album can be purchased digitally from Bandcamp or CDs purchased from CDBaby.