on 15 November 2010
Street Sweeper Social Club follow up last years self titled debut album with this mini album/ep "The Ghetto Blaster" and the good news is if you enjoyed that funk filled album this ep continues on from that, made up of new tracks a few cover versions and one reworked song, hopefully this is a quick stop gap before a full new album.
On the 2009 NIN/JA(nine inch nails & jane's addiction)tour Street Sweeper Social Club were the opening act and as well as their own material they performed a number of cover versions that were not available to buy anywhere, the most famous of these was their version of M.I.A's "Paper Planes"(which sampled the clash song straight to hell) which had people talking about the magic of Tom Morello's amazing guitar work and it's evident here that there's not too many guitarists who could pull it off and its really his guitar work on this song that stands out. They also performed a version of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" which doesn't sound anything like the original but is definitely funk filled take in the Street Sweeper Social Club way. The other cover is a version of Boots Reily's own band The Coup "Everythang".
One of the best songs on their debut album was Promenade, however the live version was that bit extra special as it featured vintage Morello guitar work at the end of the song and to keep their fans happy they have now done a studio version with the extra guitar work at the end, after listening to this version you will see why people prefer this version. The 3 new songs all folow the funk filled sound of the first album, new track "The New F*** You" starts of sounding like the Gossip track "Standing In The Way Of Control" before being taken over by Boot's rhyming over a big Morello riff. The other new tracks "Ghetto Blaster" and "Scars" are also funk filled in the style of their first album.
Street Sweeper Social Club also used a full band in the making of this album which also helps them give the feel of a full band, this ep is a nice addition to their debut and tidy's up the loose ends and it will be interesting to see what they do their next album proper.