Album Review: Spike & Tyla’s Hot Knives – “The Sinister Indecisions Of Frankie Gray & Jimmy Pallas”
We seem to have had quite a bit of new product from the extended Quireboys family recently here at Pure Rawk. Hot on the heels of new offerings from The Quireboys themselves and former members Guy Bailey and Chris Johnstone’s new band Thirsty, the final part of our trilogy of sorts is the second album from Spike & Tyla’s Hot Knives which sees the Quireboys and Dogs D’Amour frontmen team up for a long-awaited (really long awaited in fact, its predecessor saw the light of day way back in 1996!) collection of new songs. And just to nicely complete the circle, adding some lead guitar licks on here is none other than Guy Bailey.
“The Sinister Indecisions Of Frankie Gray & Jimmy Pallas” is a more than worthy follow up to the Hot Knives’ debut “Flagrantly Yours” – from the moment rowdy opener “Curse Of The Day Time Drinker” kicks in, it’s clear that this is the sound of Spike and Tyla clearing the decks and enjoying themselves. “Anne Boleyn” and “The Enchanted” are exactly the sort of melodramatic night-time ballads that Tyla specialises in, while the driving “Still Crazy After All” and “No Love Lost” are solid up-tempo rockers which have a steeliness to them that seemed to be lacking a little bit on the otherwise good recent Quireboys album. All in all, this is good stuff.
I'm gonna stick my neck out and say it, of the three Quireboys related albums I've reviewed recently this is probably my favourite. Mixing Spike's bar room singalongs with Tyla's more sinister nocturnal nomad stylings results in an enjoyable sound and The Sinister Indecisions... has attitude, tunes and good musicianship in spades. Definitely recommended.