Album Review: Neon Animal – “Bring Back Rock ‘n’ Roll From The Dead”
Londoners Neon Animal were formed from the ashes of glam-punkers Bubblegum Screw, who you may remember from their infamous signature tune I Was A Teenage Fuckup and who we used to cover a bit here at Pure Rawk back in the day.
The group’s new guise as Neon Animal sees them taking a bit more of a methodical approach to things – as the lurching opener I’m Killing Myself And Everyone Else Is Helping Me writes large, this is less New York Dolls territory and more Stooges. The political anger of Spin is also something you couldn’t really imagine Bubblegum Screw doing, and while I have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed by the title track and lead-off single the first time I heard them, it definitely does grow on you after a few listens. The sprawling six minute This Is The End meanwhile starts off lumbering in on a woozy seasick riff a la The Stooges’ I’m Sick Of You before speeding up into a furious bile-spitting climax, and is probably the album’s high point.
The downside is that Kiss Like Dynamite and Give Me More suffer a bit from coming after this, but the furious Hero To Zero and the closing comedown lament of Bedtime Stories at least close this one off nicely. Overall, while there’s a few areas for improvement (as you’d probably expect from a debut album), Bring Back Rock ‘n’ Roll From The Dead is at least a reasonably competent effort.
Bring Back Rock 'n' Roll From The Dead sees Neon Animal slowly moving their sound forward away from their old band's roots and doing it reasonably well. Sure, there's a couple of places where it slips into anonymity, but this isn't a bad record by any means. Those into the Iggy-influenced scuzzed-up end of glam should enjoy this one.