The bad boys from Sweden Alpha Boys have confidently flooded the rock ’n’ roll scene, presenting their debut album “Saviours of Rock ’n’ Roll” via Sliptrick Records this January. And their first experience as a band was well paid-off, half an hour of merry, savage and catchy material with a tiny tinge of punky restlessness and adventurism.
During this prolonged pandemic everyone needs something positive and non-serious, like this party anthem for the world (as the band itself calls their music). Alpha Boys aren’t interested to reinvent the wheel in the music industry, they bash out vigorous and cocky kind of rock ‘n’ roll with a spirit of childish outburst, never caring about the rules or musical clichés. And like most of the punk veterans, they address the trending social issues, like sexual problems or too much drinking, but with dark sense of humor (and the cover art exactly reflects it with its emphasized alpha maleness and allusions to warlike poses of heavy metal of 1980s).
“Saviours of Rock ’n’ Roll” isn’t just cheerful and perky rock ’n’ roll; its punky side is rather closer to speed/thrash metal à la Anthrax or S.O.D., and even with a reference to Suicidal Tendencies (especially songs “Han(d) Solo” and “Drunk on a Sunday”). And this rocky core doesn’t sound so optimistic either (except the last song “Alpha Boys”), without depressive gloominess, but with a feeling of impending doom through the prism of comical aggressiveness. Primitive guitar chords and rapid punk rock rhythms are the base of this album; and in all their rawness and minimalistic obviousness, those are welcomed and truly appropriate. Generally this album isn’t soaked in melodic lines (like the song “Current Report”); the emphasis is on the dirtiness and animalistic vitality without complications or artsy-fartsy staff. The musicians play relentlessly and energetically, the rhythm section is well-coordinated and with the confident primal guitar riffs the emotional voice of AlphaFill bursts into this messy severity of mundane music. So Alpha Boys really live by the rule – no time for regrets, only fun.
Alpha Boys play this kind of music, which could be marked as unserious, but with a serious subconscious approach, even the most die-hard punk rock stars were serious about their art. So despite this frivolous attitude and primitive rudeness, “Saviours of Rock ’n’ Roll” has perfectly achieved its goal – it really entertains the listener among all the crap happening in these restricting times.
Release date: January 21st, 2021
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