Los Angeles, CA ‘s Smash Fashion have that real rock n’ roll fever you can’t fake. The band’s latest Rompus Pompous is a dazzling win for glam infused rock n roll, perhaps even winning the kind of cliché accolade that it might just be their ‘best yet’. In this instance, band leader Roger Deering and his compatriots of cool may have achieved just that.
The band’s best production yet by member Lloyd Stuart Casson finds the band armed and paired with brighter guitars, bigger hooks, extremely well executed smooth back up oohs and ahhs to please fans of everything from Queen to the Zombies paired with the strut and get out of a rut of T. Rex and Slade? What’s not to love?!
“Wolves Of Wonderland” is an obvious single, a driving and catchy number, with “Teenage Demon” a close second. The record is full of tight percussion, a sense of purpose between band members, killer guitar solos that accentuate rather than widdly widdlying spaghetti noodles all over the song and fun stories woven into the fabric of this winner. You can hear the appreciation for rock history and it makes you yearn for the glory days of KISS, New York Dolls or even a little Dead Boys at times, though way less “punk” and more rock n roll. “Proper Way To Eat A Muffin” has enough serious boogie to find Marc Bolan parting the veil to peek back Earthward to have a gander, while Mike Garson even makes a piano appearance on closer “Smiles And Daggers”.
This is catchy and real enough to kickstart your day in a new direction and remind you that rock n roll can get you out of a slump and still be innovative when played passionately and with enthusiasm, even if there are nods to the playbook many of the greats already wrote. Def suggest you check this out!