Lecherous Gaze – “One Fifteen” (Tee Pee Records)
Despite their sleazy name, these guys take it straight from the no nonsense days of the 1970s, when men were men, wimmin were wimmin, and rock was rawk! Like an incredible best of from the MC5, Montrose and Black Flag, throw in a little Captain Beefheart, along with some Zappa, and you still wouldn’t get close to the brilliance shining from “One Fifteen”. Starting off as an Oakland hardcore punk band in 2001, it didn’t take long before the psych of the late 60s and the balls of the 70s spun their groove and macho energy into a hard rock hash made up of Char-Man Zaryan Zaidi’s wild n raw vocals, the ultra-hyphened pumping rhythm of bassist Chris Grande and drummer Noel Sullivan, and most of all, the ‘psycho-delic shred-tastic’ guitars of founder guitarist Graham Clise and now Zach Dellorto-Blackwell! Together these guys just burn baby, from smokin’ riffs to hot licks fathered by Keith Richards and the funking rock n roll from grand pappy Chuck Berry – and that’s before you add in the punk frenicity, heavy metal melodies and psych groove – as they trade off one another all over songs like ‘Blind Swordsman’, ‘The Day The Earth Caught Fire’ and ‘Reptile Minds’. An unbelievable release!! Already an established touring name in the US and Europe, even ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons sez they’re ‘heavy’. Oh yeah, and they’re into Frank Frazetta art too….