Motel Room – Kiss The Tiger (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m not sure if Kiss The Tiger are trying to re-invent the past or just make sure that it doesn’t fade away just yet, but whatever they are doing, they are doing it superbly. If you sound like you could have been on a live bill sandwiched between The MC5 and The Stooges in the closing moments of the 60’s then you are always going to win favour with me, but this is more than retro-nostalgia, a going through the movements of a pre-ordained dance of tribute. For all Kiss The Tiger’s retro-sonic manoeuvres there is a contemporary spark there too.

It may be the sassiest anthem that Mott The Hopple never wrote but it also fits right in with modern, rock and roll tastes. Notice I said rock and roll and not rock but don’t get me pulling at that thread, there just isn’t the time. Piano’s are pounded, fists punch the air, low-slung guitars groove and grind and everyone joins in with the heys! Rock and roll for the modern age? You betcha!

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