"Ever wondered what The Dictators crossed with The Records with Brenda Lee singing might sound like? Well, you stopped by the right place. These guys ain't dealing in nostalgia. This album features future classics that could actually please all of the people all of the time".
This above is an excerpt from the liner notes on Suzy & Los Quattro's new album, "Stick With It" (WPR/Screaming Apple 2008), penned by Lindsay Hutton, founder of the legendary magazine The Next Big Thing and collaborator in MOJO or SOUNDS.
"Stick With It" is a great step forward in the band's career, proving they can beat any obstacle after two years of line-up changes. Now working as a four-piece, the band plans an extensive tour that will take them to 9 different countries. Musically speaking, the band sticks to their magic formula of catchy pop songs fuelled by crunchy guitars, you only have to listen to Crazy On The Phone or Because Of You to realize they still have it when it comes to writing immediate hits. But something has changed, this time the production and arrangements are taken up a notch, without losing a grip on punkpop.
This time Suzy & Los Quattro have broadened their horizons to a lot of the sounds they worship so much as die-hard music fans. H.A.T.E! is soaked wet in glam, winking an eye to bands like The Sweet, Slade and featuring some guitars likely to remind you of "Billion Dollar Babies" by Alice Cooper. Too Late will get your feet on the dance-floor like the disco Blondie did in the 70's and The Sounds have done recently. But Suzy & Los Quattro don't forget their 60's pop heritage, penning the beautiful ballad Maybe I'm Wrong, that would surely make Phil Spector proud with two pianos, strings and horns playing under Suzy Chain's voice, shining through every track of this album like never before.
Of course they didn't miss their date with new-wave in cuts like Go On, which might remind you of Baby Let's Twist with Chrissie Hynde on lead vocals. And for the more straight-forward crowd, tracks like Comeback Superstar will please the surfers and Rock Boys (dig those harmonies!) will do it for the rock'n'rollers. Special mention to Donna Donna, an amazing track with one of the catchiest choruses ever, dedicated to Donna, a rescue dog that recently became part of the Quattro-Chain family, and that will be linked to animal rights camapaigns. And watch out for the ending, Henry Rollins, easily the best proof of a new level of versatility the band has reached. A fully a capella track done exclusively with Suzy and B.B. Quattro's vocals and dedicated to the tough and muscled DC singer.
This album consolidates all the things that Suzy & Los Quattro promised on their first album, "Ready To Go!" (2004), which got rave reviews and was licensed in Germany and Japan. During 2005 they embarked on their 2 week Japanese "Lipstick To Japan Tour", which confirmed their "pop idol" status in the land of rising sun, selling out two nights in Tokyo and receiving an almost beatlesque warm welcome.
You can see it for yourself on their Lipstick To Japan video here
This tour was followed by a compilation of all their singles, "The Singles" (2006), a record that kept them on the road again, playing two times at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, where John Otway from the BBC included their show on his top 10 of the festival (out of 150 bands on the bill!). So for any Ramones / Blondie / Beach Boys / Raspberries fan, here's your new favourite band!
1. CRAZY ON THE PHONE
2. ROCK BOYS
3. DONNA DONNA
5. MAYBE I'M WRONG
1. BECAUSE OF YOU
2. GO ON
3. COMEBACK SUPERSTAR
4. TOO LATE
5. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FUN (Candy)
6. HENRY ROLLINS
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