Phil Campell And The Bastard Sons: EP Review
The Motörhead riff machine teams up with his three sons on a record that's as deadly as it is fun
Words: Phil Weller
There was always going to be a lot of expectation hanging on Phil Cambell’s first post-Motörhead release, such is the gaping void left by the loss of Lemmy. The Welsh born machine responsible for churning out riffs for the world’s most inimitable rock n’ roll band over the last thirty plus years obviously has a lot to live up to. Yet, while there are many similarities to his former band in the record’s good, honest, balls out fun, it is the deviations from that instantly recognisable sound that make this EP such a success. Sure, the low swinging, deadly grooves of Spiders and the punk n’ blues bar fight of No Turning Back still has much of the Motörhead lifeblood flowing reverently through its veins, but frontman Neil Starr has injected a new degree of excitement into their sound.
He stamps his authority all over this record. From the infectious opener of Big Mouth to the cries of “you can’t break me/’cause I’m already a broken man/you can’t save me from myself” on No Turning Back – which effortlessly send shivers down your spine – he tackles each song with a power and grace, blitzing your brain with earworm after earworm. A clean voice, though not without its aggression and propulsive intent, his ear for melodies is uncanny. It elevates the quality of this record tenfold.
Alongside Campbell and his three sons Todd (guitar), Dane (drums) and Tyla (bass) this band is by no means a quick cash-in on former glories. Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons mean business and with songs as fun, catchy and adrenalised as this, they need to be experienced in the flesh.
Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons play FAC251 Friday 11th November with Prognosis and Blast Tyrant. Tickets are available here – http://www.seetickets.com/event/phil-campbell-and-the-bastard-sons/fac251/978032
The EP is available for pre-order and is released 18th November - https://itun.es/gb/eG_8eb