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Rock Circus - The Boiler Room, Whakatane

Sat Jan 13th, 2024

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The Larry Normans -
Eddie and the Dreamers
Stunt Clown -
Dox Box -

4 groups with 4 hours to rip into their current and back catalogues with scores of original tracks from these high energy bands. Bringing the circus back into rock!

The Larry Normans new album Dirty Living - Produced by Barry Blackler, here we have good old-fashioned stoner garage rock as The Larry Normans go back in time to channel the likes of The Stooges, MC5 and others. There are times when they bring forth the spirit of Lemmy, while “Long Ride Home” is nothing but solid Sabbath – Nathan Rea has Ozzy off to a tee. This is early Seventies, a time machine taking us back fifty years in less than 3 minutes. There is an underlying blues feel to much of this, and while one can argue there is also some grunge in what they are doing, their fuzzed-out distortion shows a much stronger appreciation of the likes of Kyuss than Nirvana. This is rock which has been allowed to breathe and become something nasty and dirty, yet somehow always with a commercial edge which will make it attractive to lovers of all types and subtypes of metal. Punchy and in your face, this takes us back to a time when music was made by musicians and not machines, when playing gigs was what got you noticed and not how you looked and whether you could dance and sound like everyone else. This is from a time when music was free spirited, and that vibe pervades this release which is a blast from beginning to end. Welcome back guys.


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