Album Review: Faz Waltz – “Double Decker”
Okay, stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before – Italian band, bit of a 70s glam bootboy influence going on, undeniably catchy. Nope, it’s not a new Giuda album (though that’s due later this year apparently) but if you look at Faz Waltz’s backstory, it appears that they’ve actually been doing this for longer than their compatriots, with Double Decker being no less than their sixth album.
That experience is very much in evidence as well when opener Shakin’ Like A Hooligan comes storming out of the traps, sounding like Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting era Elton John covering Mott the Hoople’s All The Way From Memphis. When Julie and Right On follow up sounding like some great lost T-Rex and Sweet songs respectively, you can tell we’re in for good times here.
Similar to Giuda, it’s safe to say that Faz Waltz have a very definite set of influences – I think it’s fair to say this lot listened to Slade a lot growing up, and there’s definitely a hint of early AC/DC in the riffs as well. Sleepyhead meanwhile is a cheeky cop off of Bowie’s Moonage Daydream which somehow has the necessary charm to get away with it – not bad going! Is This The Way and the piano-led Under The Rainbow meanwhile are a couple of surprise curveballs which show a more measured side to the band’s output, sounding like Steve Marriott era Faces, which is never a bad thing. The key though is that they add their own stamp to these influences and manage to ensure that each of the songs on Double Decker has killer hooks and chantalong choruses that will lodge themselves in your head and stubbornly refuse to leave for days afterwards.
In fact, I’m gonna be a bit controversial here and say that I actually slightly prefer this to the last Giuda album – Faz Waltz have a swagger and confidence about them that imbues these songs with a power and purpose to elevate them well above being mere copyists and into a damn good band on their own terms.
I've always said that there's nothing wrong with taking fairly obvious influences if you can add your own stamp on them, and Faz Waltz definitely oblige on that front. Yes, you'd have to have no knowledge of 70s glam whatsoever not to spot where they're getting their cues from, but these songs have attitude, swagger and hooks by the bucketload to ensure you're well and truly drawn in.