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Goldsboro: Goldsboro

Ones To Watch emerge with honours.

No relation to singer/songwriter Bobby Goldsboro, though they namecheck his 70s hairstylings, this LA power trio comprise guitarist Kevin Roentgen, drummer Chris Cano and bassist Johnny Bentjen, and together they make a helluva garage rock racket.

The Thin Lizzy-esque Great White Buffalo sets out their stall, grabbing enough cool influences to beat you into submission. Bottom is even better, proclaiming a toxic force that associates itself with the Sex Pistols but was nurtured by a love for Black Sabbath.

Goldsboro’s Anglophile love affair is seldom far away. The sonics suggest a group who want to bludgeon you into acceptance, although the smart lyrics of I Surrender and the urban nightmare of Angels indicate there’s more here than meets the ear.

Max Bell worked for the NME during the golden 70s era before running up and down London’s Fleet Street for The Times and all the other hot-metal dailies. A long stint at the Standard and mags like The Face and GQ kept him honest. Later, Record Collector and Classic Rock called.