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The Lords Of Altamont: Midnight To 666

Garage rock shows psychedelic roots.

Ten years later and The Lords Of Altamont have finally made their third album.

There must be, we imagine, a lot of hanging out to do when you’re a Lord Of Altamont. Haircuts to maintain, Harleys to ride, chicks to meet; who knows when the next happening might be?

They might have changed members, and even added Harry Drumdini of The Cramps to the line-up, but the Lords Of Altamont cut a familiar swathe. Greasy, fuzzy and wreathed in smoke, the image a little blurry around the edges, Midnight To 666 sings of a better, more elegantly wasted (as they might put it) time.

Songs like the woozy Getting High (On My Mystery Plane) and the thundering Action Woman showcase their brazen garage rock roots, but after a while it becomes an altogether too familiar sounding trip they’re taking you on.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.