Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
Reviews

The Slimmer Twins Lack Of Luxury

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Friday, January 4, 2002 @ 2:45 PM


- advertisement -
This album came out a while ago but I just became aware of it recently and felt it deserved a review anyways. The Slimmer Twins are former KIX guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and partner in crime Jeremy L White (Jeremy and the Suicides), produced and assisted by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist/modern day Ronnie Wood in the making Gilby Clarke. The sound is pure Stones meets Johnny Thunders rock ‘n roll, straight ahead, no chaser. If you took Some Girls and Que Sera Sera and mushed them together you’d get Lack Of Luxury, an 11-song cocktail of whiskey blues, gypsy glam swagger, and hard rock riffing. Get it?

The opener, “Anonymous,” is probably the most KIX sounding thing here, with its “Burning Love”-style guitar growl, though “Closin’ Doors” has that quirky country ballad vibe they had back on the self-titled debut and Cool Kids. “Transformation Man” is just pure ’78 Stones ala “When The Whip Comes Down” or “Shattered,” right down to talking verses and phased out guitars. There’s also a lot of that good ol’ fashioned barroom junk rock ala Johnny Thunders or my main man Jeff Dahl in the forms of “Can’t Let You get Away From Me” or the VERY New York Dolls sounding “California” (can you say “Showdown”???). The best tune here though is definitely “Smokescreen,” a sleazy, funky little number with a way cool falsetto chorus ala Jagger or even Lenny Kravitz or something.

Ronnie plays understated leads that basically begins at Chuck Berry and ends at Joe Perry and it works. You get the sense that he could scream through a lead at top speed if he wanted but that he’s taking a backseat to the song, the feel and the vibe. That’s the stuff most ‘80s hard rockers still don’t get. Ronnie has obviously decided to return to the good old fashioned sound that inspired him in the first place…but also happens to play the shit out of the six string. Check out the blazin’ leads on “Send Me Back Home.” Meanwhile, Jeremy plays a mean blues harp and definitely has that junkie blooze vocal style down pat. While he never exactly lights you on fire, he does the job just fine and sells the tune on his personality with ease. If anything tough, this album could use a more powerhouse vocalist to push it over the edge. A Jagger or Tyler style howler would likely push this right over the top. And KIX fans will probably tell ya, he ain’t no Steve Whiteman either. Like I said though, he does the job just fine and I ain’t complainin’.

Basically, if you took KIX and separated the pomp hard rock sound and the trashy glam rock vibe you’d get two bands: Steve Whiteman’s Funny Money and The Slimmer Twins. Funny Money have the power and the punch while the Twins have the gutter rock attitude. Either ways, your likely in for a treat. And yeah sure, it’s only rock n’ roll but, godammit, I still like it. Tthere ain’t a lot of cats these days besides these guys and Gilby and Izzy Stardlin’ who are still playin’ songs like “One Eye Open” or the title track. The Georgia Satellites ain’t around no more. Jason and the Scorchers haven’ been making noise lately. Johnny Thunders is dead. And you can only se Mick and Keef from 300 feet away at a friggin’ football arena. So go down to your local bar and catch The Slimmer Twins…or Jeremy and the Suicides…or whatever the hell they’re calling it these days, and go check out the real deal soon…while you still have a chance.

****


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
BRITISH LION, CONEY HATCH In Ottawa, Canada
SUNFLOWER DEAD C O M A
SURF CITY BLITZ In California Photo Gallery
TRIVIUM, AVATAR, LIGHT THE TORCH In Portland, OR Photo Gallery
DEVILDRIVER, JINJER In Cleveland, OH With Photos!
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY In Dublin, Ireland
CAULDRON New Gods
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In Ottawa, Canada
JUDAS PRIEST, KREATOR In Quito, Ecuador
CAL JAM '18 Photo Gallery
BLOODBATH The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn
STRIKER Play To Win
NIGHT RANGER "Dawn Of Madness" Show In Waukegan, IL
BUTCHER BABIES, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, SKARLETT RIOT, IGNEA, MAERTYRIUM, In Siegburg, Germany
HOUSE OF LORDS In New Bedford, MA
GRETA VAN FLEET Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
IMPELLITTERI The Nature Of The Beast
ALICE COOPER In Houston Photo Gallery
ICARUS WITCH Goodbye Cruel World
TARJA, STRATOVARIUS, SERPENTYNE In Cologne, Germany
CLUTCH, SEVENDUST, TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN In Portland, OR With Photos!
ACCEPT In Houston, TX With Photos!
U.D.O. Steelfactory
SKULL FIST Way Of The Road
SOULFLY Ritual
ANTHRAX State of Euphoria 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
FIFTH ANGEL The Third Secret
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In New Bedford, MA
ANAAL NATHRAKH A New Kind of Horror
PRIMAL FEAR Apocalypse
BEHEMOTH I Loved You At Your Darkest
DORO Forever Warriors, Forever United
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
BILLY MORRIS AND THE SUNSET STRIP Holdin’ All The Aces
VINCE NEIL In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
DEE SNIDER For The Love Of Metal
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, STRIKER, HELION PRIME In Houston, TX W/Photos!
DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again
SCORPIONS, QUEENSRYCHE In Tampa, FL With Photos!
HUMBLE PIE Live At The Ottawa CityFolk Festival
BEHEMOTH Album Listening Party In Los Angeles For I Loved You At Your Darkest
THE DEAD DAISIES, HOOKERS 'N BLOW In Ottawa, Canada With Photos!
DRAGONLORD Dominion
STONE BROKEN Ain't Always Easy
BRANT BJORK Mankind Woman
KORPIKLAANI Kulkija
BRAINSTORM Midnight Ghost





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News