In­side The Flesh Ho­tel

Classic Rock - - Contents - John Ai­zle­wood

New al­bums from Paul Rodgers, The Dark­ness, Nine Inch Nails, The Alarm, Five Fin­ger Death Punch, Richie Samb­ora & Ori­anthie… Reis­sues from Guns N’ Roses, Yes, Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Jethro Tull, Big Coun­try, Rose Tat­too… DVDs, films and books on Led Zep­pelin, Black Sab­bath, Devin Townsend Project, Jack Bruce Tribute Con­cert…

Live re­views of For­eigner, Bryan Adams, Nick Ma­son’s Saucer­ful Of Se­crets, Cir­cus Of Power, War­rior Soul, Sleep…

New York­ers’ third al­bum, and their sec­ond this year.

Hav­ing scrab­bled around the fringes of the New York glam‑punk scene since the for­merly home­less trio’s tinny 2014 de­but Trash Glam­our, Beech­wood’s mo­ment may have fi­nally come. Jan­uary’s Songs From The Land Of Nod was an ap­pro­pri­ately nar­cotic swirl, but the flab‑free In­side The Flesh Ho­tel is a huge leap for­wards.

A democ­racy where all three mem­bers con­trib­ute sep­a­rate songs, Beech­wood make mus­cu­lar, sun­shine mu­sic (Boy Be­fore casts them as a 21st‑cen­tury Jel­ly­fish and Amy’s tum­bling har­monies are ac­com­pa­nied by a pi­ano ear worm), which sug­gests they’re on the wrong coast.

There’s real bite as well as beauty in the riff‑laden in­stru­men­tal Nero thanks to Gor­don Lawrence’s guitar, while Bigot In My Bed­room shouts at Don­ald Trump. Our Love Was Worth The Heart­break ends a heroic state­ment of in­tent with a woozy sin­ga­long.

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