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France - 1990 Lay It On Me (EP)

ARTIST: France
ALBUM: Lay It On Me (EP)
LABEL: Private
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Sammy Carini - vocals, guitar * Dave Mahoney - vocals, bass, keyboards * Brian Broglie - vocals, guitar, kayboards * Mark Melendrez - vocals, drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bad Girl * 02 Lay It On Me * 03 Dangerous Waters * 04 Shoot To Kill

Though the name might suggest a European influence and country, these four hair metal/glamsters originate from San Diego California. Not a lot is known about this quartet, but from what I did manage to find out, Sammy Carini was originally from San Francisco, and was a member of both a power pop band (Skinny) and a progressive rock band (Fafners Lair). He moved south to San Diego during the late 70's it would appear. Dave Mahoney has played with a few local SD bands as had drummer Mark Meldendrez. The only release they out put was an independently arranged four track EP from 1990 called 'Lay It On Me'. France sound as if they would've been a good contender for the new/recent hair metal Eonian Records, such is the similarity of their material to other bands on the Eonian roster.

The Songs
The four tracks on offer are quite a bit different among themselves. Opener 'Bad Girl' has a big spacious sound along the lines of Friction and Babe Blu but with slightly glammy vocals a la Poison. The title track 'Lay It On Me' is straight out of the L.A strip, party anthem, party attitude, big gang choruses and coarse guitar work. 'Dangerous Waters' moves into melodic rock territory, acoustic guitar prelude, some keyboard layers, it's a ballad with balls - I think is the best way to describe it. The last track 'Shoot To Kill' has some menacing guitar work and ends up sounding similar to Frisco glam rockers Jetboy.

In Summary
I think if the band had enough dosh in the bank, they could've made an interesting full length album, judging by what is on display here. The vocals don't quite do it for me though, so that would be an issue. France didn't eventuate to much after this EP, the band members moving on to other local area bands such as Scoundrel (who released an album in 1995 called 'Tell Me If It Hurts'), 619, Serious Guise and the Big Toe Band. On a side note, bassist Dave Mahoney passed away in 2005 after a period of illness.

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