Singles Roundup May 2017
Good afternoon pop pickers! Welcome to the Pure Rawk singles round up for May, another five of our favourite singles of the past month. Don’t like em? Come over to our Facebook page and recommend us something better!
Chuck Berry – Wonderful Woman
The legend that is Chuck Berry sadly left us in March, aged 90. Amazingly, after over 60 years in the music biz, he was still playing to the end, and was working on a new album, his first in four decades. The work was just about done when he died, and will be released posthumously under the title of simply Chuck on 9th June.
The single Wonderful Woman shows that the old man still had it, and is warm, soulful and full of classic rock n roll rhythm. Check it out on YouTube now.
Rancid – Ghost Of A Chance
In all honesty, Rancid are a bit patchy these days, and are at best more of a Californian pop band, but sometimes the pop-punk thing works out ok for them. Ghost Of A Chance, the first single from their latest offering Trouble Maker, is poppy sure, but full of energy and keeps up a strong defiant spirit. It’s certainly a lot better than the other single they put out in May, Telegraph Avenue, which sadly, is a bit wank.
Check out the video on YouTube to see Tim Armstrong’s massive hobo beard and alarming skull tattoo combo. Punk icon or hobo? The line is blurring.
Louise Distras – Outside Of You
Here at Pure Rawk we’re really loving the strong material that Louise Distras is coming out with ahead of the second album, adding the full electric band behind Distras’ polemic rabble rousing really adds an extra punch to an already very powerful singer. Outside Of You is another corker that’s destined to get fists in the air in the live arena, and if this is the quality we can expect, we’re really looking forward to the finished second album.
Archie and The Bunkers – You’re My Pacemaker
Another fine bit of primal rock n roll from our good friends Dirty Water Rrecords, Archie and The Bunkers are Ohio’s latest contribution to the rock scene, a duo describing themselves as Hi-Fi Organ Punk. Behind that tag we basically have some solid rock n roll led by a lurching organ and an urgent rhythm, which on this track really reminds me of early Damned material. It’s not immediately obvious that there’s no guitars in this band, with the organ more than capably playing lead throughout.
What would that even look like I hear you ask? Well check out the video on YouTube for the full picture.
Loom – Nailbender
I’m not sure what a nail bender is quite frankly, and these three minutes of driving dark rock don’t really explain it. It’s a great tune though, sinister, unnerving and very very cool, with the war and space race imagery in this video really helping to build the menace on the simple chorus of “and you’ll burn, burn, burn.”
Don’t say we never give you anything cheerful to watch on a summer’s day – check out the video on Vevo before the world does, inevitably, burn.