on 19 April 2007
Damage Control is a new British supergroup formed by guitarist Robin George and UFO bassist Pete Way.
They later recruited former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade and Quireboys singer Spike to complete the line-up.
Singer Spike joined late in the process when most songs already were written, but he fits the band perfectly.
I wonder what singer Robin George and Pete Way had in mind, because these rock songs need a soulful voice and Spike is the perfect choice.
Spike also co-wrote two songs and album opener Dead Man Walking is not surprisingly among them since the first line goes
"I've been up all night and I can't sit still".
Damage Control is pure rock with a couple of expressive ballads. Spike's voice just screams Rock N' Roll,
which is underlined by Pete Way's distinctive style in song writing. Robin George has his own characteristic guitar sound -
just listen to Raw, which is permeated by his distorted sound. Chris Slade is a solid backbone to the band
and together the four individuals are a perfect match.
The album is consistent with several highlights; the moody Alice really emphasizes Robin George characteristic so-called high tech AOR sound. George uses lots of fuzz and distortion, which provides Alice with a melancholic atmosphere.
Selfish continues the moody ballad style. The lyrics are haunting and Robin George's bluesy playing stirred up with
Spike's hoarse voice makes this a unique song. Spike is a singer of gods grace and he makes this Robin George penned track his own
by putting tons of emotion into the vocals.
The title track is a pure rocker that changes mood for the excellent chorus.
Pete Way and Robin George might be old dogs in the Rock N' Roll game, but they are not burned out and still got lots of ideas.
The album balances perfect between rockers, ballads and a couple of bluesy tracks.
As usual Pete Way pens great songs and his collaboration with Robin George is fruitful.
I have to credit Spike a lot for making this album so good. He is a top dollar vocalist that really treats these well crafted songs
with respect but also adds lots of personal flavor to the songs
Highly recommendable! Tour dates required
on 14 April 2007
Damage Control are a bit of a Super-Group but without the super-cash! Spike from the Quireboys, Pete Way from UFO and guitarist, Robin George. Egos? Well, no egos on here...it's down to business from track one and they've delivered throughout this disc!
First of all I gotto say this features some great production work. Crystal clear, nice bass and every track rings true Brit quality!
'Damage Control' obviously sounds like a Quireboys cd as it features the sand-paper vocals of their vocalist, Spike. In fact it's probably even more bluesy than the Quireboys, if that's possible!
A few of the songs on this disc have been heard before on bassist Pete Way's solo cd. They were good but lacked Spike's proper vocals! Pete spat them out, Spike sings them out.
Get this cd and play it loud this summer!
How about a tour lads?!
I get the impression that his album didn't have the biggest of budgets because the cover is like one you might find on one of those "British metal" compilation CD's. Not a lot of imagination there then,
Luckily the music more than makes up for it. More bluesy than metal, the closest comparison I could make is that it sounds like a slightly heavier sounding Black Crowes. Very melodic in places with some excellent guitar work in there as well. I suppose the vocals take a bit of getting used to. Spike has always sounded a bit limited in range to me, and he can barely sustain notes for long, but in the context of what we have here it works OK.
A good old fashioned solid effort then, fine for fans but won't win many new converts.