Album Review: The Lords of Altamont – “Lords Take Altamont”
For those yet to be made aware of them, the Lords of Altamont are basically the most evil sounding early ’70s influenced rock band you ever did hear. One part MC5, one part Stooges and one part Blue Oyster Cult, their four albums to date have been ferocious slices of garage rock influenced sonic mayhem that would probably make the likes of Jack White and Julian Casablancas cack their nappies with sheer terror.
And now, the Lords bring you arguably the most evil sounding ’60s cover album you ever did hear. Consisting of cover versions of bands that played the infamous Altamont festival from which they took their name, this is the sort of project that takes some balls to do. And even bigger ones to actually pull it off with some panache. There’s a good six Stones songs on here, all from their Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed albums, two of their best.
A lot of bands would fail miserably at trying to capture the seedy and decadent spirit of Mick and Keef around this era, but the Lords’ versions of Sympathy For The Devil, Gimme Shelter and Monkey Man do exactly what any good cover version should, keep the sinister spell of the original intact while adding a bit of a 21st century upgrade to it. Top marks. Elsewhere, Jefferson Airplane and Flying Burrito Brothers covers are handled with equal amounts of skill and the whole thing ends up being a riotous celebration of everything that not only made this era so damn good musically, but also everything that makes the Lords of Altamont such an awesome band. And trust me, that ain’t no easy feat.
Yup, it's a covers album but like we said earlier, this is one of the most evil yet awesome covers albums you're likely to hear. Faithful to the spirit of the originals but adding just enough of their own touch to make sure you know that this is definitely the Lords, it's another very worthwhile addition to this very worthwhile band's discography. Well worth your time and attention.