The Old Romantic Killer Band- “The Swan With Two Necks”
In the late “aughts” there was an explosion of kick ass talent coming out of Leeds, England that seemed to take their cues and inspiration from the vaunted grunge era. It was pretty damned exciting. Kaiser Chiefs, Duels, Dinosaur Pile Up, Pulled Apart By Horses, all making a helluva racket!
One of those bands stood out for me from the rest, The New Romantic Killer Band.
They were a two piece Guitar/Vocals from Harry and Drums by Greg basically playing turned up blues inspired RAWK. They didn’t do the easy thing and ape the White Stripes. They crafted some really great songs and their debut “The Swan With Two Necks” captures the energy damned well.
I could never understand why no attention was paid, it could have just as easily been them instead of The Black Keys, who were really just regurgitating the blues. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
TORKB were taking the elements and crafting some compelling stuff.
Check out the incendiary opener “Girl You have All The Fun” which comes over like a grungy Zeppelin. The single “Lover’s Pass” is just jumped up fun. “Your Girlfriend is A Drug Addict” is just as cheeky as you might imagine.
The thing that really takes this band over the top is Harry’s ridiculously talented voice which reminds me mostly of Paul Rodgers, and that’s damned fine “company” (sorry)
Anyway, its a short affair, the whole album clocks in at something like 22 mins, but its bliss from start to finish. The band broke up in late 2009 with very little fanfare. I always felt like it was unfair. So much promise and no chance to shine.
After playing bass with Dinosaur Pile Up for a while, Harry has just self released a solo record called “Post Breakdown Blues” under the name Harry George Johns. A dark EP recorded in the wake of an actual nervous breakdown, but tender and poignant. I can’t recommend it enough.
But for now enjoy “The Swan With Two Necks” and let me know what you think.
Click on the album image above to listen to the record on Spotify