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Roadstar - 2007 Glass Mountain



ARTIST: Roadstar
ALBUM: Glass Mountain
LABEL: Magic Hat Records
SERIAL: MHT 002
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Richie Heavanz - vocals * Jonny Rocker - guitars * Rob Randell - bass * Chris Rivers - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feel Me Come Alive * 02 Around Again * 03 Bite The Bullet * 04 Last Survivor * 05 Hold My Love * 06 Rays * 07 Steam * 08 Whatever Makes You Feel Good * 09 Glory * 10 Bring On The Good Times * 11 If You Say

RATING:


Background
If ever there was a modern day rock band wanting to emulate past year's rock dinosaurs, then look no further than young British outfit Roadstar. However, just as things seemed to taking off with this outfit, they go and pull the plug on themselves and break up weeks within the release of this their second album 'Glass Mountain'. Just what the gory details are behind the split are unknown, but you can betcha bottom dollar that the band, the management and the record label have their own spin on events. Who to believe equates to a lottery! We won't spend too much time getting acquainted with this lot since they now no longer exist, so this is an epitaph and a requiem of sorts. The band's manager was Laurie Mansworth, who many will remember from his time with More and Airrace. Roadstar, previously known as Hurricane Party are not a tribute to Mansworth's previous bands, but do have a penchant for winding back the clock to emulate the best of British bands. Think Thunder (UK), Aerosmith and Uriah Heep for a few reference points. Combined with youthful energy these guys make for a interesting listen, but know also that Roadstar aren't the most original band you'll ever hear.


The Songs
Reading the news wires, it appears the band were 'discovered' and signed by A&R guru John Kalodner. Famous for working with the likes of Aerosmith, one can only assume JK was looking for a continuation of new blood within the hard rock circus. Certainly when you slap on the lead off track 'Feel Me Come Alive', one could be forgiven for thinking this was Uriah Heep you were listening to. The insistent organ attack surely would prick the ears of Messrs Lanzon and Hensley. Where 'Bite The Bullet' is a gritty hard rock - 'Last Survivor' is a replica of that southern rock dished up by the likes of Tangier and Tora Tora. The pairing of 'Rays' and 'Whatever Makes You Feel Good' are perhaps the best showcasing material of the band, both high energy rockers and great 'live' numbers too I'll bet. Starting off slow and soulful, 'Steam' lives up to its name, as the band lift the pot-lid soon after for some err hmm.. 'steamin' rock n roll. You'll excuse me for that one. For something different, the closer 'If You Say' has a country rock feel to it without ever threatening the plethora of songwriters bashing out a living in Nashville.


In Summary
Admittedly, I don't listen to this style of music a lot these days, but give Roadstar their due, what they do they do well. At the time of writing, it's unsure just what the band members are gonna do. No doubt we'll hear about it on classicrock.com or some such site, as they seemed to be championing Roadstar's cause previously. Both 'Glass Mountain' and their 2006 debut 'Grand Hotel' will remain for sale by the record label - one would guess this is an attempt to recoup any costs associated with both album releases. Roadstar Part II? Watch this space.


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