The three-piece band Bad Luck Kitty comprised of Adam Gear, Dean Lewis and Tom Blake are unequivocally rockabilly. On their self-titled debut Bad Luck Kitty they don’t attempt to meld it with EDM, hip-hop or any other genre. The five songs feel pure and true to the genre and there's something respectable about that.
The production and recording quality is top notch and just about perfect for the style they play. Rockabilly isn’t a style of music that needs to be produced to kingdom come. It sounds best live in my opinion and the music on Bad Luck Kitty certainly has live energy that is undeniable.
The EP opens up with “Rock N Rolla Girl.” I couldn’t help but immediately think of Chuck Berry with that initial guitar riff. The band immediately establishes the upbeat, festive vibe that you are treated to for the rest of the album. As the song progresses the band plays into the tropes of the genre but it really doesn’t matter because of the delivery. How can you deny that wicked guitar solo about a minute and a half in?
The guitarist makes use of the whammy bar on “Take The Wheel” giving the song a spaghetti western feel. “Hot Rockin Moma” is simply a really fun song. It starts with a distorted guitar riff that quickly gets combined with a walking bass line and kinetic drumbeat. The first thing I noticed was that the band was in the pocket but had a swing and groove that still seems elusive for most electronic musicians. “Booty Call” is about what you think it is while “Sunday Best” is arguably the best song on the EP.
This EP doesn’t throw any curveballs at you and sometimes that's a nice thing. I was saying earlier this music is straight up rockabilly and with that it's obvious the band isn’t trying to be something it's not.
It’s a seamless, very cohesive debut and ends with the energy it starts with. Suffice it to say I suggest taking a listen to “Rock N Rolla Girl” and if you can get down with that then you surely will enjoy what the rest of the EP offers.
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