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Ex-Pretty Boy Floyd sleaze veterans deliver the goods.

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In 30-odd years in this business, Sandy Hazard and Mick Wood have clearly learned something. After touching on glam metal, grunge and comedy punk-pop in their careers with Pretty Boy Floyd (original Canadian version, not LA goofballs), Grandma Moses and McRackins, this new act sounds like they’ve come home to their first love – grime-stained, high-octane, three-minute rock’n’roll songs.

Sure, there’s a strong whiff of Wildhearts and Backyard Babies in their musical template, but originality has never been an issue with this kind of unpretentious, meat-and-potatoes rock. It either works or it doesn’t, and that’s always down to the strength of the songs and the power of the delivery. Thankfully, that’s all there on the likes of Sky Is Falling and Socialize.

Without the charisma and youth of the above-mentioned bands, they’re probably not destined for a late stab at stardom, but for sleaze addicts, this is a dose of the hard stuff.

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock