Album review

The Solarflares - Look What I Made Out Of My Head

Glowering from the CD cover like murderous East End repo men, The Solarflares—comprising two members of unsung garage delinquents The Prisoners (bassist Allan Crockford and singer/guitarist Graham Day), Buff Medways drummer Wolf and Dutronc organist Parsley—serve up the kind of maximum GBH usually reserved for much newer kids on the block. Astonishingly, Day's Steve Winwoodesque, white-soul-boy tonsils, ravaged guitar lines and knack for a winning tune have remained fiercely intact.

At times reminiscent of classic Who ("State Of Mind"), Hendrix ("Hold On") and The Pretty Things, this is a perfect assimilation of '60s R&B and punk clatter for those in thrall to The Hives, Von Bondies and their ilk.

Rating: 4 / 10


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