Jonny Cola & The A-Grades
Straight to Video / Marlborough Road
Jonny Cola & The A-Grades might sound like the name of a punk house band from some illegal drinking den in a slasher movie, and the title of first A-Side of this double A-Side platter, ‘Straight to Video’, even sounds like it might be about a low budget slasher movie. But it’s not. The A-Side is more like a melancholy David Bowie than a punk rockin’ Driller Killer and if I’m honest , it is a more artsy and camp/dramatic composition than I than I really know how to review.
Flip it onto its back though and you get the AA-side, a neat power-pop tight-but-loose melodic guitar anthem entitled ‘Marlborough Road’, a real nugget of a track with suitably foot stomping chorus and on-the-edge guitar solo, more familiar to us leather jacket wearing garage rockin’ types. Awesome stuff.
The accompanying videos show a story featuring all sorts of sleazy characters and surreal going on, culminating in a Jonny Cola and the A-Grades live show taking place in the sort of sleazy basement rock club that we probably all stumbled into at 4am at one time or another during our 20s.
Overall, Sleazegrinding rocker types will probably want to gravitate towards the more rockin' ‘Marlborough Road’ side of this double A-Side, but check it out and decide for yourself:
~ Alex Eruptor