The Upperclass Bastards
were formed in 2005 by lead vocalist Charlotte S, and lean more to the traditional
rock 'n roll side dealing more melody and hooks with a punkish vein and less
of the sleaze or glam. Charlotte's vocals fit well with the sound having enough
grit to rock, but sometimes not enough power to rise above the music.
The Upperclass Bastards are nothing new, but they are becoming a large part on Italy's growing Glam/Sleaze Scene.
Every song on "No-Bless Oblige" has redeeming merits coming mostly from diverse compositions that offer punk nastiness (Trip or Burnout), pure catchy rockers (Slash, Idol of Myself), and heavier bits with fast tempos (Out of Time Hero). Some songs simply throw unexpected curves like the bouncy, almost rockabilly, 'Bang Bang', or the atypical, but solid and traditional melodic rocker, 'Excuse My French'. Besides the fine arrangements, the other star is guitarist Dario Orlando who has a well developed style that, like the compositions, transcends your basic rock guitar solo.
At times The Upperclass bastards bring to mind Princess Pang, with the female vocals trying to straddle the power of the music like a Harley Davidson.
Well worth checking out!
by Barry Gennard
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