Monday, 24 March 2014

"The Socks" by THE SOCKS (2014 Debut Album on Small Stone Records) - A Review by Mark Barry...


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Hailing out of France but sounding like they're steeped in the spirit of 1991 US Grunge, Seventies British Heavy Metal and Prog and even New European Psych - "The Socks" make a hell of an angry racket. And in the case of "Some Kind Of Sorcery" (the lead off single) they have been clearly snorting Nirvana's "Nevermind" and Black Sabbath's "Master Of Reality" on a nightly basis.

"Next To The Light" has that great phased Ozzie vocal (similar to "Planet Caravan") and it's as commercial (dare we say it) as this album gets. I can hear this beauty getting serious airplay.

Personal favourites include the choppy guitar-rock of "Gypsy Lady" with its heavy Stranglers bass and keyboard lines while the six and half-minute finisher "The Last Dragon" with its smoky guitars and Mellotron swirl would do many a Vertigo Spiral band proud (May Blitz and Linda Hoyle's Affinity jump to mind). I bet it slays them live.


Similar in vein to Black Rainbows, Karma To Burn and Mars Red Sky - The Socks have made a slammer of a debut and Julien Meret's vocals are going to make Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell fans sit up and take serious notice. Well done…

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