Submitted by: rockinev
Publication date - 05 January 2012
Mick Wigfall and the Toxics, when this CD arrived I was eager to hear it, Mick has a long pedigree in the rockin world going back to the Guanabatz days of the ‘80’s via a long stint with Darrell Higham and the Enforcers and many other top artists of this and other genres. I must say this is probably one of the best produced and put together albums I have been sent, the sound quality and mixing is first class throughout.
Modern, fresh & brash, turn it up, play it loud this rocks like hell. Opening with a storming cover of Teenage Kicks the album grabs you by the scruff of the neck and throws you about the room, pulling in influences from the likes of Mark Bolan, Tom Waites, Aerosmith, Eddie Cochran and some self penned stuff Mick and the boys throw it all into a caldron and pour out this brew of high energy non stop rock n roll rampage.
There really is not a bad track on this CD, although highlights include the previously mentioned opener, a marauding swipe at the Night Riders, Pretty Plad Skirt then there is a scorching version of Nervous Breakdown, the short instrumental Egyptian Reggae brings a burst of exotic flavour to proceedings,before Drives Me Wild closes the show with a sure fire all out Psycho blast
Along the way we are treated some of the best modern rockin sounds you’ll hear clearly rooted in the fifties rockabilly that can be clearly heard on the likes of Did You Mean Jelly Bean, but pulling the genre screaming along into the world of nearly 60 years later picking up the best of everything else along the way but never losing its roots.
If you like your rock roll, traditional and safe approach this with caution, if you like the 80’s scene and contemporary bands such as Jack Rabbit Slim you’ll love this. A quick search on the internet shows that the band are based in and gigging in France, go see them if you live there! I’d love to see these boys perform live, perhaps a trip London?
This deserves to be a big success I hope the DJ’s and rockin sites pick up on this and promote it, this is the stuff that will carry our music into the next generation.