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Powering up the 70s.

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Distilling the essence of 70s rock into one great Purple/Sabs/Who pastiche, this Toronto band have tweaked the sound to impress brasher 21st-century ears.

Their attention to detail is impressive, right down to the sequencing. So the grandiose opening track is followed by a typically spirited track two. The second ‘side’ of the album starts with a slow, psychedelic blues and the weaker tracks are shoved towards the end, before another grandiose epic that has more false endings than The Who’s A Quick One.

Their distinguishing trademark is having a girl singer/keyboard player to share the vocals with the guitarist. And while their playing occasionally gets a bit messy, at least they avoid the Spinal Tap pitfalls.

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Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.