Swedish band, Velvet Insane, seem (at first listen) to be rooted in the 1970s when the likes of Sweet, T Rex and Bowie ruled the charts, and it’s as if Chinn/Chapman were in the studio keeping an eye on this recording; the 80s refined punk isn’t ignored either. A closer listen, however, reveals a band that does classic glam in a new way. They hold on to the wham and the bam but inject a freshness that makes someone who was there at the time, smile with nostalgic happiness. I’m sure the younger audience will be similarly cheered! So journey back to the decades of fun, rock, punk and roll on their latest album, Rock ’N’ Roll Glitter Suit.
The second track and single illustrate this point perfectly: ‘Backstreet Liberace’ features two of The Hellacopters and is a delight. Punkish Glam with happy-clappy backing, frantic piano, parping sax, an irresistible beat and a melodic Michael Monroe like vocal… you will bounce along. ‘Velvet Tongue’ reminds me of Mott but with a more structured approach.
‘Sailing On A Thunderstorm’ is a clever encapsulation of all that was good back then…familiar but new, nostalgic but forward-looking. It may not be heavy or metallic but it is very, very good. ‘Space Age DJ’ is another example and has the benefit of lyrics most of us can relate to, even Lady Gaga gets a mention!
So, here are eleven newly nostalgic tracks that, if you have any knowledge of those heady decades, will resonate and reward
Incidentally, the band also released a charity single (Save The Noize) with some star guests; they’re now putting together part two with Dee Snider amongst many more who have signed up. More songs will follow to support the “Musikerförbundets krisfond” charity: The Swedish Musicians’ Association’s Crisis Fund for performers and backstage crew who are struggling due to Coronavirus.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Glitter Suit will be available via Wild Kingdom on July 16, 2021.