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On-Off - 2012 Don't Forget The Roll

ALBUM: Don't Forget The Roll
LABEL: Buil2Kill Records
SERIAL: B2K 0013
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Buil2Kill Records, Nadir Promotions


LINEUP: Matteo 'Teo' Vago - vocals, guitars * Davide Battistella - guitars * Fabio Lazzarin - bass * Alex Motta - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Another Bone To Suck * 02 That's What I Call Rock N Roll * 03 Catch The Bunny * 04 Money Makes Money * 05 Turn Off My Brain Control * 06 On The Railroad * 07 Don't Put Your Finger (In Every Hole You Find) * 08 She Drank All My Booze * 09 Let's Play The Fools * 10 Every Stone Got To Roll Someday * 11 The Last On The List



Another in a recent line-up of albums that purveys the message of sex, drugs and rock n roll. Not that it's a new thing, but Italians On-Off have discovered a little sub-genre of hard rock that works for them, and a few others too it would seem, as evidenced by the likes of Stroker Ace, Bullet and Gene The Werewolf. Once given the handle of an AC/DC tribute band, this Northwest Milanese based outfit live up to that tribute billing, playing what could only be described as 'doppelg„nger rock'. Not only is this quartet good at it, they really should come and travel around regional Australia - I'm sure they would go down a storm among all the feral outback beer drinking brigade; both men and women!! You can gauge by their inspiring lyrics that it really does read like 'Angus Young Lyrics 101', surely not a bad thing because it's kept in context, and what On-Off do, they do well, pretty much mirroring what I wrote in the recent Stroker Ace review. We had previously reviewed On-Off's debut 'Ribcrasher' two years ago (thanks Nic), and the sentiments written there can be echoed a second time around.

The Songs
The band crash into their opening stride with full intent. The dubiously titled 'Another Bone To Suck' as far as the lyrics go takes double entendre to a new high. Could this be about an ex girlfriend or the family dog? Go figure. 'Thats What I Call Rock N Roll' is as close to the original intent of AC/DC and to my ears sounds a whole lot better than the Aussie dinosaurs. At least I can understand the vocals easily. I'm certain Brian Johnson would have trouble with this.. lol! On 'Catch The Bunny' it looks as if the band have each invested in a pair of Nike's, this track certainly dashing across the paddock at a good clip. 'Money Makes Money' ensures that one should undertake footstomping and headbanging in the same single movement such is its effect on the senses. I like the way 'Turn Off My Brain Control' comes across, crossing over to melodic rock with a slight funky vibe. It works for me. Could 'On The Railroad' be an attempt to hack into Tangier like classic rock? I think so, the slide guitar and swampy southern sound is only a fraction away from the original. 'Don't Put Your Finger (In Every Hole You Find)' is another songtitle of dubious intent, though the lyrics say otherwise and come across pretty harmless actually. 'She Drank All My Booze' is a fun-time romp once again styled in AC/DC's honour, so too the following 'Lets Play The Fools' and the rather cool 'Every Stone Got To Roll Someday'. Really, Angus Young should listen to these guys to get an infusion of fresh ideas for his own band. But that would be plagiarizing? Ok, best not to have the pot boiling the kettle black I suppose. Finishing up with the dynamic 'The Last On The List', On-Off sign off with an energetic romp, ensuring we've got the rock while the roll is not too far away and is far from forgotten.

In Summary
Now signed to the excellently named Buil2Kill Records, On-Off now have a bit more traction in the steadily building Italian hard rock scene. Even if it's taken them a few years to get there, a special shout out goes to Teo Vago, Davide and Fabio for persevering through the lean years.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 16 2012 02:10:30
On-Off's release party for this album, earlier this year..
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