Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse defy expectations and boundaries on tour de force third album Hot Nostalgia Radio

A wild ride across the airwaves from California-by-way-of-New Orleans roots rockers Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse

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Essentially a rootsy blues band at heart, Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse enjoy nothing more than defying expectations and genre boundaries, and so it is with Hot Nostalgia Radio

Four years in the making, chief songwriters Greta Valenti (vocals) and Robin Davey (guitar) go pretty much wherever they want across these 14 tracks. 

For hard-rocking blues look no further than blazing opener Oh Yeah!, Wild Woman and Satisfy Your Queen; Middle of the Night and Sad When I’m Dancing throw some classic 60s soul into the mix, before we take a country detour with Penny Paid Rockstar and finish with a bit of Cajun/zydeco-influenced rock’n’roll on Let’s Ride and Mama Cray, the latter duo a big nod to Valenti’s Louisiana roots. 

Valenti’s vocal prowess is simply extraordinary throughout and the writing chemistry with Davey is undeniable. Hot Nostalgia Radio is a bit of a tour de force, really.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.