Its always a pleasant surprise when a band that have only been together a short period of time sound as accomplished as seasoned rockers. Cannoneers of the New Command who formed only last year are one such group. With the individual members having played in their own bands previously they have earned their stripes as musicians, but does it show?
Their upcoming 7 inch single Sadie was a Girl / Shake the Law is good old fashioned garage band rock n’ roll, the like of which is all to rare these days. Sadie introduces herself in style with a guitar riff straight off a lost Primal Scream song. It is simple, joyous and authentic rock music. These four boys don’t stretch themselves much but no one expects (or really wants) them to. The classic drum beat and vocal mid section is ensured to be a live highlight, I can almost hear the synchronized handclaps now.
Shake the Law takes a similar stance. Although the vocal hook bears too much of a resemblance to the The White Stripes Fell in Love with a Girl’s this track has a lot going for it. Like the previous track it keeps to standard timing, balls out rocking and has feel-good-hit-of-the-summer written all over it.
Without sounding like throwbacks to a forgotten era of music Cannoneers of the New Command take rock n’ roll and revitalize it for the 2010s. Maybe they won’t be the Strokes or the Hives of the new decade but they are proudly and bravely waving the flag for classic, fun and infectious rock, and for that if for nothing else they should be credited. Oh and for great songs too!
Review by Kevin MaCabe