The Durango Riot are a Swedish four piece band who formed in early 2006 and who wasted no time in recording their debut EP "Beat The Kids" (great title!). With influences ranging from Iggy and the Stooges and The (International) Noise Conspiracy through to The Donnas and Turbonegro they sound like a promising outfit before I've even pressed play. Just a little over 18 months after forming they now release their first full-length album, "Telemission".
'Dirty Needs' opens the album in fine style with the sound of static on the TV before bursting forth with a retro-fuelled garage rock 'n' roll sound reminiscent of The Hellacopters. The break-neck pace is brought down a little for the slow groove of 'I Don't Know You Stranger' with its brooding pre-chorus break sounding a little like The Dirty Americans on their debut album. Next up is 'No Need For Satisfaction', which reminds me a lot of The Lee Harvey Oswald Band and could happily sit anywhere on their fantastic "Blastronaut" album - very high praise indeed! A slow intro heralds the start of 'Incognito' before musically picking up the pace but with a vocal delivery that seems to run slower than the music while at the same time fitting perfectly. Fred's vocals on this track remind me of Blur's Damon Albarn for some reason, I didn't notice this similarity anywhere else through the album though. 'Drivers' has an echo-y guitar sound, which brings to mind the music of cult TV show Twin Peaks but just as your thinking to yourself, it's the sound of Angelo Badalamenti attempting garage rock it explodes into a 100mph middle section before reverting back into Badalamenti territory. As strange as that may sound on paper, sonically it sounds absolutely fabulous! The rest of the album plays out in a similar pleasing fashion filled with stomping riffs and huge sounding songs, 'Don't Follow' even has a finger-clicking jazz groove crossed with fuzzed-up rock 'n' roll. It's certainly not one of those albums where every song sounds the same (we all know the type!) and the more I listen to it the more I like it. I started the review with a score of 7 out of 10 in mind but I've had it on in the background while typing and it's already moved up another point.
For such a young band that have been together for such a short length of time they've managed to come up with a great, fresh sounding album filled with great songs. It makes you wonder how they sound so tight considering they've been together barely 2-years, it can only be a sign of great things to come. The band have a European tour scheduled to start in early March, no dates are confirmed as of writing but it's highly recommended you check them out if they come to your town.
by John Baxter
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