Title - 'Outlaws'
Artist - Rose Tattoo
For those not up to speed, Rose Tattoo are the true rock and roll outlaws and first and last gang in town rumbled into existence in late 1976 with a New Year’s Eve debut at Sydney’s legendary Bondi Lifesaver.
The band was the vision of Pete Wells, former bassist with Sydney heavy metal kids, Buffalo, his master plan embellished by ex-Band of Light bassist, Ian Rilen.
With Wells on slide guitar and Rilen on bass, former Buster Brown singer, Angry Anderson was recruited along with rhythm guitarist Mick Cocks and drummer Dallas “Digger” Royal and they set about destroying eardrums and venues across Australia!
On stage, Rose Tattoo look like nothing on earth but Rose Tattoo.
They stand out from the mass of bands in satin pants like a raw steak in a vegetarian restaurant.
All those words like raw, uncompromising, savage – they all apply, but they're not enough. Rose Tattoo have something more than that.
The band gives an impression of overwhelming masculinity, a totally urban, night time jungle maleness that if considered objectively, would be awe inspiring, making an audience afraid rather than irresistibly drawn to go along with the band. It has something to do with having more than a hint of humor.
Angry´s voice is a harsh roar capable of instant reversal into surprising sweetness. Ian Rilan´s bass and Digger´s drumming hurtle the sound along so fast and hard you expect to see steam rising from the bass.
Sparks flying from the drumsticks. Michael Cocks guitar fills and runs are always more than just rhythm guitar; he provides the link in an already solid, complete three piece unit for Peter Wells to take off from, sending knife sharp slide slicing down your spine, creating that plummeting elevator sensation in your stomach!
And Angry, standing with his legs spread wide, totally caught up, sings rage and fury in a voice like a clenched fist!
Well, Australia's legendary bad boys of vintage hard rock storm the shores of the States once again with this superb revisitation of their debut album Outlaws, which now also comes complete with a previously-unreleased track from the same era!
1. 'One Of The Boys'
2. 'Sweet Love (Rock N’ Roll)'
4. 'Snow Queen'
5. 'Rock N’ Roll Outlaw'
6. 'The Butcher And Fast Eddy'
9. 'Stuck On You'
10. 'Astra Wally'
11. 'Bad Boy For Love'
12. 'Nice Boys'
13. 'Rosetta' (Bonus Track)
From the off and founding member and vocalist Angry Anderson leads the assault with his powerhouse voice on the cool punk opener 'One Of The Boys' which they back up with both the Rod Stewartesque 'Sweet Love (Rock N’ Roll)' and the drum-led beauty 'Tramp.'
The rock 'n' roll is dialed up for the '70s-vibed, Status Quoesque brilliance of 'Snow Queen' which is followed by Zeppelinesque 'Rock N’ Roll Outlaw,' the slow poke rock roll of 'The Butcher And Fast Eddy,' and then more of the high octane guitar stuff that they are known for on 'Remedy.'
More of their brilliant brand of meat and potatoes rock 'n' roll is up next within the lo-fi punk of 'TV' and is backed by the countryfied, twanging guitar work of 'Stuck On You,' which in turn is backed by one of their longest cuts, the balls to the wall fervor of 'Astra Wally.'
More of that vibe, tinged with a sugary spoonful of Lynyrd Skynyrd is brought to the fore on 'Bad Boy For Love,' before the album rounds out with fan favorite 'Nice Boys' and then the mid-tempo love song bonus track 'Rosetta' (which was originally recorded in Washington in 1980 and put on the unreleased Scarred For Life album).
FYI: Angry and the boys will be touring the US for the very first time ever in support of this release starting in May and more overseas dates are being scheduled!
Outlaws is now available on both CD and in a deluxe gatefold 2LP vinyl set in your choice of silver or red colors!
Official CD Purchase Link
Official Red/Silver Vinyl Purchase Link