Junkyard, Spread Ea­gle, Shark Is­land

Lon­don Cam­den Un­der­world

Classic Rock - - LIVE! - Dave Ling

What kept ev­ery­body?

Some 28 years af­ter their ma­jor-la­bel de­but Law Of The Or­der was re­leased, Shark Is­land – well, front­man Richard Black and hired hands – fi­nally ar­rive in the UK. It’s ap­pro­pri­ate that they be­gin with Make A Move as Black, who claims that Axl Rose ripped off all of his stage man­ner­isms, still sashays, twirls like a spin­ning top and works ev­ery inch of stage. The mu­sic sounds great too.

Tonight also marks the first time that Spread

Ea­gle, fea­tur­ing cur­rent UFO man Rob De Luca on bass, have per­formed out­side their United States home­land. Back On The Bitch, Switch­blade Ser­e­nade and Suzy Sui­cide are em­bel­lished by flashy stun­gui­tar runs, re­mind­ing us why the New York­ers are re­garded as slightly glammy, hard rockin’ cult heroes.

Back in the UK af­ter more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury since their last visit, Junkyard have hardly changed, save for the ab­sence of co-found­ing gui­tarist Brian Baker who now plays with Bad Re­li­gion. Each mem­ber sports a denim cut-off held to­gether by patches, spit and sheer op­ti­mism.

The mu­sic is a for­mu­laic mix of south­ern rock, punk and rockin’ boo­gie. Had the mem­bers of the Quo met in a truck­stop in Ten­nessee they might have sounded some­thing like this, but Junkyard can still tear it up like few oth­ers, a fi­nale of Girlschool’s Emer­gency hit­ting the right note.

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