serpico-photo2Scottish newbies Serpico lead a quartet of emerging bands hoping to cash in on Bank Holiday releases this week and with their Whitley Bay headline show approaching fast it might well be worth investing in what is a cracking slab of heavy rock.

If classic rock’s more your bag then you can’t go wrong with the Kevin Shirley-produced Eden, released by identical twins Frank and Jim Paoli and their pals in Draven. Then there’s the Brummie orchestral metal of Hanging Doll and a fabulous mixed bag by the angry young things of Livid. Love new music? Love rushonrock.

serpico-neonSerpicoNeon Wasteland (WeSaySo Records)

Already championed by rushonrock, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and their ilk it’s little surprise Serpico are one of British rock’s buzz bands right now and with a 13-date headline tour starting tonight things could start to happen for the Scots noiseniks.

Debut long player Neon Wasteland is a wonderful example of why it’s so important for young British bands to stick to their guns and derive a solid sound all of their own. So Serpico may draw on wide and varied influences but already tracks like Last Honest Cops, We Own The Night and Glasseye are the stamp of an act confident in its own ability. Essential stuff.

rushonrock rated: 8/10 Serpico-ol

dravenDraven Eden (cnr Records)

Dodgy name, amazing music. Those four words, or rather the latter two, sum up a sensational classic rock debut by one of the best British bands we’ve heard all year. Remember when you first heard The Answer? Recall that first Black Stone Cherry riff pounding your brain? Draven are right up there with both bands and fully deserve to be the next big thing.

Twins Frank and Jim Paoli pull no punches as Draven’s driving force and the quality of tracks like I Don’t Care and Home belies the fact that this band is brand new to all but the keenest purveyors of future rock gods. Only the metal-edged Fight lets an otherwise awesome record down and Iron Maiden producer Kevin Shirley has more than lived up to his reputation by adding the polish to the potential.

rushonrock rated: 9/10 So This Is Eden?

hanging-dollHanging DollReason & Madness (Once Bitten Music)

Once upon a time there was the Runaways and Heart. Then along came Girlschool and Vixen and finally the new breed of female fronted band led by the never-less-than-magnificent Nightwish. These days there are almost as many women in rock as men!

And that’s no bad thing. rushonrock has long touted the likes of McQueen, Crucified Barbara, In This Moment and our very own Remedy but there’s no doubt the female rock market is becoming increasingly congested. So what do Hanging Doll have to offer that others don’t?

Debut album Reason & Madness for starters and the gothic metal sound of this powerful set perfectly showcases singer Sally Holliday’s strengths. But then it also exposes a few weaknesses. Experience should iron those out and by 2012 expect to this Brummie quintet to be taking on the world.

rushonrock rated: 6/10 Hanging In There

lividLiVidOne (Lost Lady Records)

Potteries rockers LiVid may boast some of the silliest names in rock (Psy?, Ency?!!?) but thankfully their music is deadly serious. Support slots with the likes of The Answer, LA Guns and The Darkness have exposed the quartet’s considerable talents to classic rock fans across the UK and the feedback has never been less than positive.

This hard rocking debut is shaped from the same mould as vintage Aerosmith, classic Cream, mid 80s Motley Crue and even the aforementioned Answer. Those influences alone should persuade the casual buyer to take a chance on LiVid but tracks like Devil’s Bones and Lost Lady Saloon will persuade all but the tightest gits to part with their hard earned cash. We hope.

rushonrock rated: 6/10 Livid The Dream