Rock and Roll is Dead (Liquor and Poker)
by Scott Hefflon
Another great rock record by The Hellacopters. These guys can write classic rock songs you feel you’ve known your whole life, that were included in nostalgic movies, that you drove to the beach to that one time, that someone was playing that time you snuck behind the shed to smoke your first cigarette. They’re no cover band, no genre tribute band, they write originals that sounds like the kinda stuff you’ve heard all yer life. And it’s not some local shitty band at the local dive bar, it’s solid, like hearing the Stones when they were still vital and pure. Hell, listening to The Hellacopters is probably a more personal experience than listening to the Stones is and ever was for the simple reason that The Stones were rockstar millionaires by the time you ever heard them, and The Hellacopters still play bars and clubs as well as arenas. They’re still grounded, ya know? Doesn’t necessarily make a song any better or worse, it just makes it feel like it has more to do with you and your life. Rock out to this and the last couple Hellacopters releases. While I stuck with Payin’ The Dues as my fave for some time, cuz I’m a metal dood, after all, I finally got hooked on this kinda dry rock sound, and the strength of the songwriting is simply undeniable. If you listen to this and some teenage mop-top pop band and can’t see the difference, please never voice an opinion again, huh?