Gin Lady: Gin Lady

Proof that mother’s ruin is also dad’s delight.

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The appallingly named Gin Lady arise from the ashes of Black Bonzo, a fine Swedish band that concocted three albums of Hammond organ-drenched, Uriah Heep-tinged retro prog.

The most recent of these, 2009’s Guillotine Drama, was an exceptional piece of work. However, Black Bonzo were becoming hemmed in by the proggier aspects of their oeuvre and with label problems throwing an additional spanner into the works, they’ve chosen to reinvent themselves… a little.

Truth told, only a fool might claim that a chasm of difference separates the two groups. Gin Lady are less reliant upon the King Crimson/Camel-style affectations of Black Bonzo, though the heroic interplay between Klas Holmgren’s Hammond and the sturdy guitar of Joakim Karlsson ensures that things remain rooted in that same decade.

They’re channelling the halcyon 1970s rock of their heroes – Heep, Purple, BÖC and Cream – into a package that’s certain to cause salivation among hard-rock purists.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.