Submitted by: rockinev
Publication date - 12 June 2011
Backdraft a four piece Rock n Roll outfit from Germany have a long pedigree in the scene with members coming from such notable bands as the Foggy Mountain Rockers, Lou Cifer And The Hellions, The Wildcats, 57 Fairlane, (Ronnie Nightingale And The Haydocks. They have put together an album of well selected and well produced songs.
What is great about this is that it sets out to recapture the sound and excitement of the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s revival bands that did so much to lay the foundations of today’s rockin’ scene.
The band at least from their album cover have not gone for the drape jacket and sneakers image but bring a fresh and modern approach to the style that is both contemporary and authentic, the sound takes me back to 1980 and the rock and roll clubs in my home town, filled with Teddy Boys, bands like Matchbox were in the pop charts, and Crazy Cavan were the leaders of the pack in all the clubs.
Enough of the memories what are the songs like, great actually, the album will get you in the mood for dancing around listen to Lindy Rock and Tennessee Saturday Night, Hot Pink Cowboy Boots is a humorous number that jumps along nicely with a ‘country’ feel to it. I like the guitar work in this one. A rollicking version of Cavan’s I’ll Be There kicks up a storm and This Kind of Love is a finely executed cover of the Roy Orbison Sun classic.
As the title suggests Forgotten Favourites brings together a collection of covers that avoids the usual pitfall of many bands of doing the same familiar numbers and ends up being a rather good listen throughout.
If the band comes over to the UK I’d like to check them out live, this is a strong debut and should do well to establish them on the scene.