Album Review: The Sly Persuaders – “The Sly Persuaders”
Regulars at both the Some Weird Sin and Roadkill gig nights in London, The Sly Persuaders have been building a bit of a name for themselves over the last year or two meaning there’s been quite a bit of anticipation around their debut album. So… can they deliver? Answer – yes.
Essentially, this album is everything that a lot of the post-Libertines Brit garage rock bands of the early to mid-noughties kind of promised to be but never really managed, as evidenced on the frenetic likes of Love and Fool. There’s a definite hint of The Cramps hanging over a lot of it, such as the Lux Interior style psychobilly sneer of Wild For The Night and the way TFD recalls the jittery paranoia of Human Fly.
But there’s plenty of other things to recommend about it as well, such as the demented stomp of Steve McQueen (about dating a girl who looks like… well, Steve McQueen) while the pounding tribal glam rock drums of album highlight Hey Faustus! and the sinister Beyond The Rope definitely add a sense of showmanship to the proceedings. Watch And Learn even chucks some Dick Dale style surf guitar in there just to be contrary.
It all ends with the eight minute claustrophobia blast that is Gun To My Head which rounds the album off nicely and which you can see working well as a set closer in the live arena. Proof that when it’s done well, this brand of garage rock can actually be quite engaging.
A good effort from these London garage rockers, this is the sort of album that a lot of the doomed indie class of 2005 would have sold their thrift store leathers and drainpipes to have put out. Solid, varied and with a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve, it proves why The Sly Persuaders are definitely deserving of the hype they've been getting in some quarters.