Devil City Angels – Devil City Angels
Release Date: September 18, 2015
When Sunset Strip veterans and longtime friends Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and Rikki Rockett (Poison) got together to jam, the vibe reverberated long after they stepped off stage. A seed was planted and the guys reached out to fellow veterans, vocalist Brandon Gibbs (The Gibbs Brothers, Cheap Thrills) and bassist Eric Brittingham (Cinderella) to bring Devil City Angels to life. The quartet immediately began crafting music born of their collective roots in 70s and early 80s rock. The guys deliver an inspired collection of straight forward, melodic and often bluesy rock and roll on their eponymous debut. After recording the record, Brittingham stepped down and legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) slipped right into the fold. From his outsider’s perspective, Sarzo hails the music of Devil City Angels as “modern vintage rock,” which is a perfectly apt descriptor.
The party gets off to a quick start with the punchy groove of “Numb”, a number that actually fluctuates between a heady 70s vibe and a hint of 90s grunge. “All My People” resonates with a hip, bluesy swagger, while the first single, “Boneyard” is a feel good and soulful romp with a memorable and hooky chorus.
The carefree swing of “I’m Living” begs for the listener to clap along, and Tracii taps into some nice Joe Perry stylized fretwork. The casual buoyancy rolls on with a quiet infectiousness on “No Angels”. Gibbs vocals soar on this track.
The heavenly lull of “Goodbye Forever” pulls the listener along with its emotive hypnotic flow, while Rockett propels the rhythmic rush of “Ride With Me”, with its addictive chorus and slow rumbling bass line that combine to suggest the feel of cruising down the highway with the top down.
“All I Need” reminisces in Beatlesque splendor with its swoopy, popish vocal line and whimsical spirit. The band tunes up a snappy take on Suzi Quatro’s “Back to the Drive”, before closing the album out with Brittingham’s boisterous bass work on the raucous jam, “Bad Decisions”.
Every song on Devil City Angel’s self-titled debut feels at once enjoyably familiar yet intriguingly fresh. The entirety of the record bespeaks of a passion for making great music without the creative confines of external expectations. Rockett, Guns, Brittingham and Gibbs have created something special with this debut: an album that brings the past alive, reinvigorated and ready to rattle the rafters. These songs are built for the radio and the stage–packed with big melody lines, and catchy hooks. Devil City Angels have crafted a record that breathes life into rock and roll’s golden age with neoteric charisma and charm.