ROXX GANG – Drinkin’ T.N.T. and Smokin’ Dynamite

ROXX GANG – Drinkin’ T.N.T. and Smokin’ Dynamite

The band exploded on the music scene with the demo Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em earning rave reviews both domestically and abroad, signed to Virgin Records, toured the world, and released videos that earned them airplay on MTV. And though the band was associated with the hard rock scene of the late eighties they never really fit any pre-defined mold. Roxx Gang’s latest release Drinkin’ T.N.T. and Smokin’ Dynamite was produced by vocalist Kevin Steele and drummer Tommy Weder and released earlier this year.

The album is already offering up a single that have earned the band considerable airplay on-line, namely “You Really Got A Hold on Me,” a sexy groove that’s offering a taste of the direction that Megadeth and the Alice Cooper had gone with their latest albums, and drawling from a heavy guitar sound over a mysterious dark backbeat and Steele’s unique vocals. They also do a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited,” and a modernized track called “Star Trip,” which was delivered as the band’s latest video.

Since Roxx Gang boasts that they don’t like to be locked into a genre, it must be noted that two of the best and incidentally more undefined tracks on the album are “Who’s Been Driving My Cadillac,” with a more upbeat, ala Jerry Lee Lewis piano sound, a bit of brass, and hard rockin’ vocals, and the retro “Bound to Please” that sounds like seventies TV theme. Also noteworthy is “Something Evil #2,” which has a vibe similar to Credence Clearwater Revival’s “I Put A Spell on You.”