The New Roses – Dead Man’s Voice (Napalm)

Genre: Classic Rock/Sleaze Rock

Dropping inside Germany’s Top 40 following its release earlier this month, the second album from The New Roses confirms the sleazy quartet as serious contenders in the race to become rock’s next big thing.

Fusing the attitude of the Sunset Strip with the angst of punk and introducing feisty riffs forged in 70s classic rock, theirs is a heady brew of retro-fuelled party music perfect for 2016.

At times it’s impossible to believe frontman Timmy Rough and his crew haven’t cut their teeth in LA’s more dubious dives. Lead guitarist Norman Bites channels vintage Slash, C.C. DeVille and Black Stone Cherry’s Ben Wells to create a wall of intoxicating noise.

And the band boast a canny ear for a catchy chorus – Thirsty, Partner In Crime and What If It Was You all carry the ‘wow’ factor. Two albums in and it’s remarkable that The New Roses are already capable of delivering an album that’s so compelling.

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