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Kilowatt - 1983 Currents

ARTIST: Kilowatt
ALBUM: Currents
LABEL: Dallcorte
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Greg Leskiw - vocals, guitar * Steve Hegyi - guitars * Bill Wallace - bass

Additional Musicians: Gary Craig - drums * Domenic Troiano - additional guitars, production

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ma Cherie * 02 It's So Easy * 03 More Harm Than Good * 04 Baby It's You * 05 I'm Not A Kid Anymore * 06 Voices * 07 Proud Of You Boy * 08 Change Of Heart * 09 Give It Up

Here's the second installment from Western Canadian band Kilowatt. Having just written the first installment of their debut album yesterday, it would've seemed rude not to finish the tale. Having breezed through 1982 on a Canadian tour supporting their first LP, the band returned in 1983 for their second and ultimately final album called 'Currents'; again for Dallcorte Records. One change saw drummer Bob Brett depart, his role taken by former Max Webster and Wrabit skinsman Gary Craig, though only as a studio session role. Producer Dom Troiano provided some additional guitarwork to add a bit of colour to the Kilowatt sound.

The Songs
The smooth and svelte opener 'Ma Cherie' is a cool contender, but the next track 'It's So Easy' probably is a better representation of the 1982 Kilowatt sound, some nice guitar work and keys lands this in AOR territory for sure. 'More Harm Than Good' is another effortless number that gives 1983 a good name, even if it does contain a saxophone solo! 'Baby It's You' has its moment, while the quirky 'I'm Not A Kid Anymore' was the first single off the album. It's pretty good actually, kinda like AOR meets power-pop. 'Voices' is a dreamy pop rock number with a hint of Red Rider, 'Proud Of You Boy' is another clean-cut AOR driven track which lifts Kilowatt up a notch. Nice track. 'Change Of Heart' changes tack, the band go for broke, a bar-room rouser, with lots of fiery energy and stinging guitar work. The album concludes with the bouncy 'Give It Up', another AOR oriented effort with a funky undertone, on what is overall - a very good LP.

In Summary
A second national tour to promote 'Currents' kicked in but Dallcorte Records soon ran out of money, leaving Kilowatt high and dry while on the road. Lekiw, Wallace and Hegyi aimed to keep the band running in the hope of a new deal elsewhere, but nothing came of it, and they eventually folded. Interestingly during the late 90's, two Kilowatt demo CD's emerged on the market: 1999's 'Headquarters' which were the demos for the debut album, and 'The Jam Factory Sessions' which were the demos that landed them their deal with Dallcorte. No doubting, 'Currents' is my pick of the two Kilowatt albums, and it really is a hidden gem in the vast Canadian trove of melodic rock treasures.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 01 2016 04:00:30
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