THE HELLACOPTERS – Disappointment Blues (1998 EP, Augogo)
I don’t know too much about this EP, but when I found it at my local record slinger for $6.99 (plus 20% off, sweet!) I had to snap it up. I only have three other Hellacopters albums: on vinyl, Grande Rock and Payin’ the Dues. On CD, the more polished and streamlined By the Grace of God. Finding a Hellacopters EP for under $6 was a no-brainer.
Disappointment Blues seems to compile a five rare non-album singles and compilation tracks, with two new songs (“Ferrytale” and “455 SD”). It seems to be designed for the Australian market as it advertises several 1998 Aussie tour dates inside.
It’s another raw, high-energy rock n’ roll batch of songs, not too different from Grande Rock or Payin’ the Dues. In the liner notes, the band refers to their sound as “hot action rock”. Sounds good to me! The tempos are fast and falling apart at the seams. The riffs are early Kiss on speed, the solos pure rock n’ roll. The songs meld together in the memory like one marathon tune with a little breathing space between sections. Again, much like Grande Rock or Payin’ the Dues. The bassline on “Speedfreak” is taken from the Lemmy Kilmister book of licks, the song itself could have been on any Motorhead disc.
Best song: the title track, which has a little more emphasis on melody and is totally memorable.
Best band member: the piano player because he goes by the name of Boba Fett!