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Yankee Rose (Italy) - 2001 Info CD [Demo]

Alberto Bartolini - vocals
Simone Bucella - guitars
Stefano Castagnoli - bass
Alessandro Mazzoni - drums

An Italian band with a love for all things American it would seem. Interesting handle. Named after a woman, a car, or a war plane? Whatever is the case, there's a certain resemblance to the 'yankee' theme, though I'm not sure the word is particularly user friendly right now considering the warring climate, three quarters of the planet are not American, and many do not approve of their heavy handed military antics. So, where does that leave an up and coming band from eastern Italy who've been in the biz now for three years? Well, not exactly in the danger zone, but definitely in the firing line of melodic rock. Drawing their influences from Bon Jovi, Mr Big, and Aerosmith, seems Yankee Rose are about ten years out on the clock, considering the three mentioned bands were doing their thing about 1989-91. This seven track demo includes four studio tracks plus three live cuts.

The Songs
There are some interesting snippets on the intro to 'Spiderman', like a soundscape to a Batman movie. It's cool though, as is the euro-metal approach. 'Love' has some nice bursts of melody through it, while they give us a cover of Bon Jovi's 1986 hit single 'You Give Love A Bad Name', though it's shortened in Italian to 'Bad Name'. Very clever! The melodic metal attack reconvenes with 'She's So Wild'. This one harks back to the late great eighties, so it's either a preconceived tribute to their heroes, or it's accidently dated. The three live tracks unfortunately don't add that much value to the CD, as the mix is very thin, and the crowd noise too prominent. However that is to be expected as the material has been put together by the band rather than a 'top dog' producer.

In Summary
The guys are pretty active throughout Italy, with appearances at this years Imola Heineken Jammin' Festival, plus support slots for The Stereophonics and Alanis Morrisette among others. They've also just been voted the best rock band in their district/province of Romagna, just a stones throw away from that little principality of San Marino (you know the place.. where they race F1 cars each year!). If there's just one last thing I can add chaps. Consider a name change. That way you'd be guaranteed your European contacts (or even if and when you someday crack the lucrative Asian market) will not be turned off by any discriminatory and unfair name association to a certain country trying to defend it's reputation.

Track Listing:
01 Spiderman
02 Love
03 Bad Name
04 Shes So Wild
05 Live Intro
06 Rock Me
07 R n R Babies

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