Album Review: Darrell Bath – “Roll Up”
Darrell Bath is probably a good contender for the accolade of “coolest CV in rock ‘n’ roll”. Having started out in the late ’80s with the UK Subs when they were trying to break away from their punk shackles to form a new glammed up rock ‘n’ roll sound (listen to Japan Today and Mad Cow Fever albums for proof), he then went on to co-form the excellent Crybabys with former Boys guitarist “Honest” John Plain, before getting the call from Tyla to replace Jo Dog in the early ’90s Dogs D’Amour line-up (specifically, the rather fantastic More Unchartered Heights Of Disgrace album). Since then he’s served with The Quireboys, The Vibrators, the late Nikki Sudden, Gary Lammin (Bermondsey Joyriders) and The Peckham Cowboys among countless others, as well as putting out a couple of solo albums here and there.
Deep breath. Anyway, Roll Up is Darrell’s first solo effort since 2003’s Love And Hurt. While that album was a much mellower effort than what we’ve got used to from him (still a fine effort mind), it gives me great pleasure to tell you that Roll Up is a much more upbeat affair. As soon as the Stonesy strut of Dancin’ With The Devil’s Goombah kicks in, you could easily believe this was the long-awaited fifth Crybabys album. It’s In The Music which follows it is a bit more mellow, but the “glass half full” lyrics definitely show that this is a good positive album and sets the tone for the next half hour or so.
From thereon in, Roll Up is a pure joy to listen to. Slimline Jim could easily be a new Crybabys song, or maybe an out-take by Gary Lammin’s ’80s band The Little Roosters, while the countrified Dirty Rocky Road, the woozy Rat Palace and the seven minute Eye For An Eye (the latter two of which could almost be In Cold Blood/ Que Sera Sera era Johnny Thunders) provide a good dose of variety to keep you hooked right until the harmonica honking Mick ‘n’ Keef stomp of Man Monkey brings proceedings to a close.
In short, this album is a warm gift to all those music fans who love Keef, Thunders, Spike, Tyla and the other lovable rogues who always seem to come up with the best rock ‘n’ roll. Darrell can congratulate himself on a job well done with this one.
Roll Up is a straightforward down the line rock 'n' roll album, but it's done so well that you can't help but love it, you can tell that Darrell Bath is a guy who's putting all of his ample experience to good use here. Quite simply if you like good quality rock 'n' roll like The Stones, The Faces, The Dolls and all the bands who follow in their lineage, then this is pretty much essential. Go get it and see for yourself.