Saturday, 7 February 2015

Bad Guys - Bad Guynaecology (Album Review)

Album Type: Album
Date Released: 16th March 2015
Label: Riot Season

Bad Guynaecology – Track Listing

1. Crime
2. Prostitutes (Are Making Love In My Garden)
3. Zoltan_Snake Hunter
4. World Murderer
5. Reaper
6. Succubus
7. Motorhome
8. No Tomorrow


A midlander, a southerner, a Canadian and a Hungarian. double necks, double kicks and no mic stand. Long hair, grey hair, bald-heads and beards. A shitload of rock. The works. Sounds like a plan. As well as playing with the likes of Circle and Oxes, these guys have earned a reputation for crashing all sorts of parties. They’ve played three ATPs, played on the plinth in Trafalgar Square, played Field Day, pissed off a lot of security, got a bunch of fines, and helped a lot of people have a lot of fun. Formed through a mutual desire to play some rock music that’s not had the life squeezed out of it by some kind of po-faced academic mangler, they make the heavy stuff and they play it loud, the way it should be.

Bay Guys are:



Bad Guys return with their 2nd album 'Bad Guynaecology'. Yeah, awesome pun with a great album cover to match. Bad Guys released a superb debut album back in 2013. Its style of Punk, Sludge, Doom, Stoner and Hard Rock won them a range of admirers within the scene. The other element that make Bad Guys such a great band is their hilarious and in your face lyrics that verged on genius insanity.

Now, Bad Guys are back singing about stealing Tonka Trunks, Prostitutes part time activities in the Garden and a whole range of disturbing stuff that only Bad Guys could get away with. Opening track 'Crime' is no doubt the albums standout track, Bad Guys have written a downright hilarious morality tale, with the lead singer telling us a story about getting a Tonka Truck by the only way he knows how 'CRIME' after he's flatly been refused by his parents. The lyrics have a Guy Ritchie charm about them as you hear the illegal deed in full, make no mistake you will be laughing too much as this song is insane. I haven't even talked about the music yet as Bad Guys play a lo-fi style of fuzz driven Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs with Punk Rock carnage to give it a kitchen-sink type appeal.

You will be shouting out the loud echoes of CRIME and TONKA throughout this track as its pure genius and insanity at the same time. The 2nd song 'Prostitutes (Are Making Love In My Garden)' can be classed as the albums love song in a certain twisted way. As Bad Guys vent their anger on what happens in the garden. And they ain't happy one bit with tales of romance and everything in between. It's another hilarious and action packed tale with killer riffs to match. It has a seedier feel with the distorted riffs giving way to in-your-face Punk Rock magic. Third track 'Zoltan Snake Hunter' is a more fast-paced affair with Bad Guys unleashing heavy Stoner/Sludge based riffs. The lyrical content takes aim at TV Adventurers and Fearless Wildlife Presenters going after a dangerous beast.

The album can be very dark at times especially on the 2nd half where the riffs become heavier, dirtier and even seedier. Underneath all the darkness of the album there is a band screaming to get out and have a good time with you all. The lovable rogues from the first album may have grown up more disgracefully and there's no denying the raucous nature of their music, indeed Bad Guys are in a league of their own.

As with their debut album, Bad Guys end the album with an epic track clocking in at 11 mins or so, namely 'No Tomorrow', with the delightful 'Motorhome' an excellent precursor.  It is a 90 second scuzzy as hell romp, which you will be singing out loud for days. For me though, the main event is 'No Tomorrow', a progressive sludge metal treat for all you prog rock fans with a Bad Guys twist. Dark vocals and lyrics combine once more for another of the albums standout tracks. Bad Guys place more emphasis on mood than humour and it's a decision that pays off huge dividends. proving that Bad Guys can write serious songs and are great storytellers too.

In summary 'Bad Guynaecology' is a great album for Bad Guys to return with. It's a different album to its predecessor and it proves that Bad Guys have matured as a band though there's still a ton of laughs to have along the way. It's a must have record. Plain and Simple.

Thanks to Nita at Gold Star PR and Andy at Riot Season Records for the promo. Bad Guynaecology will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl from Riot Season Records from March 16th 2015.

Words by Steve Howe

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