TRIXTER - review added 18th April 2012
Album Review: New Audio Machine (2012)
For fans of: Hard Rock
New Jersey act Trixter was formed all the way back in 1983. Their self-titled debut appeared in 1990, with the follow-up "Hear!" coming along in late 1992,and a cover album "Undercovers" in 1994. The band called it quits a year later, before reforming in a live-only capacity in 2007.
"New Audio Machine" marks the band's return to recording, and welcome it is too. There is plenty to like on this raunchy hard rocking album. It's well produced whilst still managing to be raw, very guitar led, and damned entertaining. Trixter are not a band to chase if what you like are the finer musical nuances and subtle harmonies of a Boston-esque band. This is a band to drink tattooed beer to whilst snorting lines of chargrilled hotdogs. Or something like that. This is man music through and through; beefy, gritty and very self-assured.
The album as a whole is very enjoyable and arguably works best that way, speakers on full blast. Of the individual tracks, 'Tattoos & Misery' is my favourite, though several of the tracks could take the title on another day.
This is a great fun album, even if it doesn't exactly re-write the rock rule book. Worth a look for people who like their music with hairy balls and adrenaline.
Overall (Not An Average Of The Above):
01. Drag Me Down
02. Get On It
03. Dirty Love
05. Live For The Day
07. Physical Attraction
08. Tattoos & Misery
09. The Coolest Thing
10. Save Your Soul
11. Walk With A Stranger
Peter Loran– lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Brown– lead guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
P. J. Farley– bass guitar, backing vocals
Mark "Gus" Scott– drums, percussion, backing vocals