From the first few notes of the opening track to Dave Talon’s new album Butch It Up, it’s evident he’s a champion of classic rock who grew up listening to a hell of a lot of music from the golden era when Vanda & Young ruled the turntables of suburban Australia.
With his Malcolm Young power chords setting the foundation for his Iggy Pop cool voice to sing the catchy melodies, Butch It Up is a solo effort of sorts with Dave being credited as providing the vocals, instruments and mixing the album while offsider Fernando Marlboro played drums and percussion.
The album was recorded at Bernie’s Bunker Barn by José Marlboro in Switzerland where ex Gold Coaster Talon now resides.
The title track is first cab off the rank with its hard hitting open chords tipping a hat to The Angels/Rose Tattoo school of rock. The track is augmented by a choir of histrionic background ohs that would make classic underground Oz band The Johnnys proud of its Spaghetti Western stylings.
I’m Not Go’n Down Alone and its Queens Of The Stoneage-ish groove is driven by a low tuned guitar riff and lyrics detailing the story of a meeting of two minds on ecstasy, while Push Out The Jive and its Native American sounding tom toms bring the western vibe again as the AC/DC guitars and catchy chorus have you screaming for more cowbell!
Lovers of old school KISS will love the gallop of The Flame and the song’s Ace Frehley influenced lead guitar solos whileThe Power Of Dynamite again brings an Angels’ vibe. Laze In The Sun is a classic stoner rock shuffle with the throaty growl of a Gibson guitar providing tasty licks.
The cruisier moments of She Ain’t Mine have a J Mascis vibe which lead on to another foot stomper in The Dead Man’s Twist, lyrically detailing a ghoulish tale of a party at the local cemetery featuring icons from days of yore.
Final track, Delicate Flamingo is the summer acoustic offering of the album and rounds out a damn cool collection of songs, likely to be set to high rotation on your stereo if you give it a listen.
Butch It Up is at davetalon.bandcamp.com and iTunes.