Friday, January 29, 2010

Wrong Turn - 2


Wrong Turn
2
Off the Hip

With so many acts rambling ‘round who don’t bother with rock & roll history past a decade before their own existence (or fetishize 60s garage rock in an unseemly manner), it’s refreshing to hear a group that digs all the way down to the roots. Down Under duo Wrong Turn takes its inspiration from Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, the wilder side of rockabilly and the first wave of postwar electrified delta blues. Balancing buzzing rock energy with an alligator clip-tight attack, the pair lets the riffs flow freely but never out of control. While nobody’s gonna mistake guit-slinger Ian Wettenhall and drummer Myles Gallagher for disciples of Bob Dylan (or even John Lennon), the pair can write a song – It’s Gone, Love on Line and Jenny Jenny Jenny hold up nicely next to tunes from Marvin Gaye, Kokomo Arnold, the Collins Kids and the Rolling Stones. (That’s two, count ‘em, two Glimmer Twins covers, by the way: Off the Hook and Turd On the Run.) Rough, dirty rock & roll with attitude and soul to spare.

- Michael Toland

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