11/24/2011

BACK IN SPADES - The Time Is Now

BACK IN SPADES The Time Is Now cd 2005
Baby's Getting Higher / Detroit Slums (Here We Come) / Five Years Ahead / Better Than I Was Yesterday / No Sympathy / Cowboys And Indians / The Time Is Now / City Slang.
Produced by S. Palmer & R. Shelby.
Back In Spades: S. Palmer: vocals, guitars / J. Smith: guitar / A. Rochon: bass / J. Leone: drums.
One would tend to assume that coming from rock & roll royalty like J. Smith means that a career in music is golden. Smith, who's the first-born child of MC5's Fred "Sonic" Smith and punk priestess P. Smith, isn't particularly looking to be crowned. Back in Spades isn't his band. Back in Spades is four friends who want to touch, feel, and hear (not to mention swallow) the blood, sweat, and tears of rock & roll. Guitarist/vocalist S. Palmer, bassist A. Rochon, and drummer J. Leone complement Smith's impressive blues-inspired guitar work as does he to their tight musicianship on their debut EP, "The Time Is Now". Smith and his bandmates start from scratch. Having scoured the Motor City streets since their early-2003 inception, Back in Spades allow their roots to consume them -- no apologies and thank goodness for that. From the brash proto-punk-soul of "Baby's Getting Higher" to the gutsy delivery of "Five Years Ahead," The Time Is Now" sets its own stage."Better Than Yesterday" tames the rowdy tirade just a bit for a jangly pop juncture. "Cowboys and Indians" builds upon that formula with layered percussion, guitars, and a cowbell for the record's brightest feel-good moment. Palmer's roaring vocals and Smith's ambitious playing style allow "The Time Is Now" to set itself apart from the jam band and garage rock-tailored sound emerging from the suburbs of Detroit. Doing it without expectations other than their own has clearly worked for Back in Spades. Honoring Smith's late father with a cover of "City Slang" by Sonic's Rendez-vous Band only proves that their effort in making rock & roll real, something completely raw and smart outside of the fashion slickness of the Strokes, is right on. Back in Spades are doing rock & roll a favor. You don't need to be knighted to do that.
McK. Wilson
A Mister D. post!

13 commentaires:

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

BACK IN SPADES "The Time Is Now" cd 2005

Sharp, raw and dirty. "Back In Spades" epitomise all that is holy in rock. Garnering a guitar-centric genre and a benevolence for melodic and articulate riffs, this band from Detroit prove their high caliber on their debut mini-album, "The Time Is Now". Opening track "Baby`s Getting Higher" begins with feedback, subsequently followed by a rhythmic guitar intro, pounding drums and a snarling yelp, languidly assembling the track. Then the spurring chorus arrives. Harkening back to anything from the founding fathers of heavy rock, AC/DC, to new-school garage rockers, The Von Bondies, this track caterwauls unremittingly. Accelerated rock at it`s finest... Back In Spades have produced a roaring freight train of a record, aflame with blistering guitar from J. Smith and optimal song-craft from S. Palmer. The band as a collective produce bona fide rock at it`s rawest, stripped-down form, persisting with magniloquent riffs and ostentatious melody. An accomplished debut produced by R. Shelby, that will be admired and revered by those who pertain an assiduity to impenetrable, divulged rock with primal energy. FasterLouder

Anonyme a dit…

THE TIME IS NOW !!!!!
before it's too late


CITY SLANG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thank you so much Mr Midnight Rambler for your fabulous taste

ZZ77

Capitain Poon a dit…

Amazing!!

Anonyme a dit…

DETROIT
so poor !!
so rock !!!!!!!!!!!

Anonyme a dit…

Used to play with Joseph Leone back in the early 90's. Left his kid to play in this....JERK!

Anonyme a dit…

Whatever happened of them ? Nice band, and of course the largest of the soft spot what with Jackson Smith being the son of Sonic.

Awesome blog, don't you ever dare to stop if, fella Midnight Rambler.

pattirules a dit…

I somehow missed this and have been searching for years....is there any way someone can reup or send a link please?

pattirules a dit…

please?

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER a dit…

I have a lot of requests for re-uploads since MegaUpload, Filesonic & mainly MultiUpload stopped & currently the upload is very slow.
Note that I do my best to satisfy everyone in the order of requests ! So be patient I will re-up "The Time Is Now" as soon as possible !

pattirules a dit…

thank you!!!!

zippy a dit…
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zippy a dit…

Would also really like to see this as a re-up as it is hard to find..
thank you from detroit!

pattirules a dit…

hoping you did not forget to re-up this....