Album Review: Steve Conte – “The Steve Conte NYC Album”
And so another musician with links to Ginger Wildheart goes down the Pledgemusic route with rather agreeable results. Having made his name by stepping into Johnny Thunders’ god-sized shoes in the 21st century version of the New York Dolls before decamping to join Michael Monroe’s band for two excellent albums (and I suspect it’s not a coincidence that the Dolls’ output has taken a depressingly steep downward turn since Conte and Sami Yaffa made the move to hook up with MM) and fronting his own band, the Crazy Truth, for an impressively self-assured debut album, Steve Conte has already carved out an impressive musical legacy for himself in the last few years. And the “NYC Album” only goes to solidify that legacy quite nicely.
Conte has actually assembled a pretty impressive guestlist for his album including Ginger Wildheart (who he served alongside in Michael Monroe’s band – see, told you there was a reason for the Pledgemusic route!), Sylvain Sylvain from the Dolls, Dennis Dunaway from the Alice Cooper Band, Keith Christopher from the Georgia Satellites, Paul-Ronney Angel from the Urban Voodoo Machine, Tracie Hunter and, fresh from a successful Pledge campaign himself, Dregen. And all involved can give themselves a hearty pat on the back for a job well done.
Despite its name, the “NYC Album” sees Conte moving away from the more New York punk sound of the Crazy Truth album to a more countrified sound as evidenced on the measured likes of “She Blinds” and “Any Time At All Times” or the Jason & The Scorchers swagger of “Lady Luck” and “Rock ‘n’ Rye Queen” although there’s some nods back to his sound of old with the Springsteen-esque opener “Dark In The Spotlight”, a cautionary ode to some irresponsible drug dandy musician (the line “it’s all turned into a babyshambles…” should give you an idea of who he’s on about) and the enjoyably knockabout “OK DJ” which features Paul-Ronney Angel on some enjoyably off-kilter background shouting.
Located somewhere between Springsteen, Tyla and Steve Earle, “The Steve Conte NYC Album” might come as a bit of a surprise to you if you’re expecting a scuzzed-up slice of Noo Yoik punk but it’s still an enjoyable listen, one to listen to on a quiet night in with a glass of red wine and no particular place to be the next day. All told, this is definitely one you should check out.