Sharpeez

The Sharpeez: Wild One

(3M’s)

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Bill Mead and his Sharpeez return with a brand new studio album. Louder Than War’s Craig Chaligne reviews.

Sometimes the best musical discoveries happen by chance. Seeing a gig advertised by promoter Pete Feenstra on social made me reach out to listen to The Sharpeez’s latest LP “Wild One”. As every good rock’n’roll album does (or should do), it doesn’t overstay its welcome, concentrating on quality instead of quantity. With sole original member Bill Mead at the helm, the band provide 35 mins of high energy R’n’b (the real one, not the current radio dreck). Tiptoeing the fine line between tight and loose where great rock’n’roll is mad, what we have here is a great set of songs matched with fantastic performances and a warm production. The single “Automatic Mode” is the perfect opener with its catchy chorus while the moody “Bullet” is full of menace. “Dr Feelgood” works both as an hommage to the Thames Delta pub rockers and as a Sharpeez manifesto with Loz Netto throwing some particularly effective slide parts in the mix. The track most representative of this great meeting of minds is “Heartache Express”, from Bill’s diction to the carefully layered guitars (great solo by Loz again) with the added help of discrete backing vocals, rock’n’roll perfection. “Heat of the Night” catches you in its web straight away with its memorable intro (the great Tom Petty wouldn’t have minded coming up with this one). The band doesn’t reinvent the wheel on “Wild One”, everything is about the songs and their execution, the rollicking “Losing Hand” sees William’s melody work hand in hand with Loz’s guitar licks to great effect while the title track is a great slow burning rocker (to use another Petty comparison think “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”). A great album

The band will be touring the UK in February:

Thu. 2/78:30 PM The Three Runs, Gateshead Tyne & Wear 92 Sheriffs Highway Gateshead Tyne & Wear NE9 5SD
Fri. 2/88:30 PM Green Cross Hotel, Kinross Scotland 2 Muirs, Kinross KY13 8AS
Sat. 2/98:30 PM Pierhead Tavern, Isle of Arran Scotland Lamlash, Isle of Arran KA27 8JN
Fri. 2/158:30 PM Priory Hotel, Dover Priory Station Approach Rd, Dover CT17 9SB
Tue. 2/198:30 PM Beaverwood Club, Chistehurst Beaverwood Rd, Chislehurst BR7 6HF
Wed.2/208:30 PM Malt Shovel Tavern, Northampton 121 Bridge St, Northampton NN1 1QF
Fri. 2/228:30 PM Boom Boom Club, Sutton The Borough Sports Ground Gander Green Lane Sutton, Surrey SM1 2EY
Tue. 2/268:30 PM 100 Club, London Century House, 100 Oxford St, Fitzrovia, London W1D 1LL

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News on The Sharpeez can be found on their official website: sharpeez.webs.com or on their facebook page.

All words by Craig Chaligne. More from Craig can be found at his Author Archive. He tweets at @ChaligneCraig

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