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Boys Of The Band - 2010 Does I Can

ARTIST: Boys Of The Band
ALBUM: Does I Can
LABEL: Texicalli Records
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Kimmo Blom - vocals * Pekka Rautio - guitar, background vocals * Janne Antikainen - bass, background vocals * Teijo Jamsa - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Overture (Live) * 02 Split The Atoms * 03 America (I Think I Love You) * 04 Post Imperialists * 05 Make It Through The Day * 06 Airborne * 07 Pursuing Opportunities * 08 In The Middle * 09 On The Verge Of Destruction * 10 Amazing! * 11 Small Town People



The major interest for me in this group was the comeback of Kimmo Blom, he of Urban Tale and Heartplay. If you remember Urban Tale even made my Top Ten of OO's, managing to stand firm for all that's pink and fluffy in a quagmire of extreme and black metal that dominated my picks of the decade. Of course I enjoyed Urban Tale's debut immensely but less satisfied with the second Heartplay that was released on Frontiers in 2004 being 'Where The Dead Ends Meet'. As yet I have still not managed to pick up their debut. Although both received favourable reviews, including here at Glory Daze, maybe it's a case of further listening required on my part? Kimmo seems to be revelling in this role, and seems to have thrown away any thoughts of recreating Journey, so a definite change in the water, but first a little bit of history. The beginnings of the writing partnership between Kimmo and Pekka can be traced back as far as 1989 and together they formed Boys Of The Band which is affectionately known as BOB. Any A&R guys worth their salt really should be flocking like vultures on these songs, picking the meat left on the bones and providing much less talented artists a shower of quality songs, these could be the tunes to rebuild a failing celebrity career. I'm not saying BOB are not capable, just a sordid fact of life with a music industry where unique talent is ignored. You can tell its X-Factor/Idol season here in the United Kingdom. Although Finland have had experience of taking on formidable opposition like they did with Russia in 1939, known as the Winter War and still came out victorious (even minus land that to this day has not been returned) I wonder if BOB will get a chance to beat the sterile, tepid music industry. These Finns have certainly injected the pop into AOR and they have been possessed with talent rather than just merely being blessed with it.

The Songs
'Split The Atoms' is a pretty joyous opening, triggering guitaring, plain and simple a quality tune. Bringing all the basics together, the power pop drumming, a perfect pop song.

With 'America (I Think I Love You)' the song which was used as bait for the Finnish public in the Eurovision Song Contest but to fall flat at the semi-final stage. Shame because BOB were probably just a couple of hundred phone calls short from their music being heard by the millions of Europeans. Think how that could have changed the outlook for them. It's a classic, great dual chorus, mixing 70's glamour with the guitar crescendo of Queen (see if you can spot it) before tumbling down, glorious.

'Post Imperialists', which sounds a great name for a New Romantic band provides a change in emphasis here, much more harder, almost sneering, with the microphone in a Lemmy position. Great attitude, cracking backing vocals and a thumping riff, really would not look out of place on the last Charlie album, and in fact lyrically it also has a common connection.

A significant change here, because what we find is essentially a world class ballad with 'Make It Through The Day'. Practically it comes across as a dawning of life and its struggles. I love it and really it's the closest to Urban Tale you will find on this album. Really a prescription to deal with life, torn between staying and leaving, it succeeds in brightening up a rainy day, with the outburst of feeling and lyrics towards the end completes the best track on the album. Immense.

The downright sheer quality just continues with the likes of the pop-fused 'Airborne', mixing Cheap Trick, Blondie and snatches of Queen. To the new wave of 'Pursuing Opportunities' coupled with the riffing of The Clash, before cavorting into a pop chorus, before jumping back to a more punkish trait. To the memorable opening of 'In The Middle', with that riff that sounds like a bank safe door being permanently slammed, The White Stripes have nothing on this.

Verging on greatness is the excellent 'On The Verge Of Destruction', this gives you a right kicking, plain and simple guitar lacerations, to a majestic verse, balancing on an AOR threshold, before pebble dashing you with a brutal chorus. Mixing soft and hard, like House Of Shakira but replacing the African rhythms, with American garage rock.

If that wasn't enough we have 'Amazing!', which a young Debbie Harry could have easily sung, it has a real 80's feel, and when Mikeal Erlandsson really performs, his likeness is considerable. It even has a Bruce Springsteen type national speech towards the end. Yes, I'm boring, it has to be amazing!

'Small Town People' finishes off a great album and doesn't disappoint. Originally with an indie charm but in fact it has a more punky feeling.

In Summary
Indulge as much as you like in these songs, I believe they provide a fresh look to melodic rock and seem to be growing in the same fertile land as Messenger did with their 2007 release, 'Head For Glory'. I have been frequently playing this album and it is becoming indispensable as they linger well into the night. Maybe some Frontiers label followers may be put off by the sharp suits as far too modern, but believe me in terms of quality BOB and Urban Tale are still cut from the same cloth. These nice suits do come with more clean cut melodies, watch you don't get cut. Granted it's only a quarter person that has these two groups in common, and least us not forget the involvement of the 3 other performers on this recording. To the smooth, powerful balladry of 'Make It Through The Day' to the powerpopness of 'America (I Think I Love You)', the opportunists among you may have already taken BOB to heart. Like a coffee machine grinding out tunes, they have they own musical aroma that is very pleasing to the senses. Which just leaves me to quote from Edmund Blackadder, 'I like you've got Balls!!'

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#1 | gdazegod on September 02 2010 14:14:02
Check out that twin necked guitar on the bass player (in the vid). Shades of Cheap Trick's Rick Neilsen perhaps?
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