Make a Stand
added: 22 May 2012
// release date: 2 May 2012 // label: Self issued
reviewer: Andy Snipper
BBC is currently rerunning a lot of their archive material including some of the great guitar bands like Lizzy, Bad Company, Nazareth or Lynyrd Skynyrd. They all share great vocalists. superb guitar and a lot of hair as well as music with power and heart.
There are reasons why these re-runs are so popular: the music is individual, the bands have a sense of dynamics and there is huge emotion and passion on show. They also play music that many, many fortysomethings grew up with and never grew away from.
Which leads us to Gruhak. Listening to this album tells me a great deal about their influences as well as their skill. 'Make A Stand' could be Focus reborn while 'Your Song' has Yes all over it. But that doesn't matter one jot because they play brilliantly, write songs that took me back to my teens and put a big smile where it is supposed to be.
I love the Faces-esque 'No No No' because it is a dumb as the Faces were and the solo in the middle is classic but I also get a big old lump in my throat over 'End Of Days' - perfect driving music and Clarkson should investigate it pronto.
Gruhak hail from Croatia which suggests there might be a fine scene in Eastern Europe - time someone brought them over here I think.
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