QUICK AND PAINFUL - Butcher's Bill (Independent)
New York's Butchers Bill seem a departure from the varied punk, art punk and No Wave bands that this city has produced in the past. Hailing from Brooklyn, they seem to draw their influences from the likes of
AC-DC, KISS, Aerosmith, Rose Tattoo, The Dictators (in their more metal moments), as well as '80s LA "big hair" glam rock.

"Gun for Fun" is the opener and the distinctly AccaDacca stadium rock sounds are clearly in evidence. And delivered quite solidly. "Going Home" draws more AC-DC and Rose Tattoo comparisons as the band sings about a party they would rather have not attended.

"How Do I Feel" feels like a stylistic departure, as Butchers Bill mix stadium/glam rock roots with hardcore punk, managing not to put a foot wrong. "Girl" finds the band getting back to '70s rock and, in the process, giving a massive nod towards The Hellacopters when that band are in the same groove.

If you're a '70s stadium rock and '80s glam rock fan, Butchers Bill's "Quick and Painful" will impress as they deliver exactly that, and some more. - Simon Li



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