The Voltaires – The Voltaires | Album Review



The Voltaires formed in City I wish I was born in, purely for the accent, Leeds. In the bans own words they enjoyed huge (i.e Minor) Success in Mexico and Australia parking their Rock ‘n’Roll caravan in each Country’s airplayy charts for several glorious weeks, and minor (i.e Limited) success in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where MTV played their video several times as well as supporting a number of acts that were big at the time. I decided to use their description as it’s probably the funnies, most down to earth biography I’ve ever read, so thank lads for making me laugh. Having a love for The Stooges, The Sonics and The Stones, they are primarily a punk/rock/garage band which gleams through their music in nearly every single song on the album. This isn’t their first musical release having previously released ‘Anti-Love’ EP in 2005 and ‘Sugar filled Chemistry’ EP in 2008.

And the band is:

Gareth Williams – Vocals

Paul Cave – Guitars, Vocals

Michael Cockerham – Guitars, Vocals

Matthew Sugden – Bass, Vocals

Bobby Syme – Drums, Vocals


‘The Voltaires’

The album was recorded and mixed in the bands own studio between September 2011 and December 2012, the process was not one of the easiest having to play the same song 27 times in a row in a freezing cold room with no windows, but hey-ho that’s how it goes, giving the album a bit of character. The Album is punk rock bliss with power chords bursting through every song and Williams ‘ vocals gracing each one of them. The intro to the album is possibly the only peace throughout it all, lulling you into a false sense of security with the trumpets playing, until the second track ‘Recall’ kicks in, and a riot literally breaks out, no matter what you’re doing. ‘

Recall’ bursts from the seems with a punky, punchy riff that pushes you towards a mini riot to act out yourself, setting the tone of the album in this song, letting you know what this band is all about. The vocals are similar to Jagger on this song, and definitely carries the swagger that Jagger had in his prime when he was strutting around the stage in the early sixties. The song that follows ‘Son of the Devil’ is equally as good carrying the momentum that was built in ‘Recall’ throughout the song, once again expressing a punk rhythm which is even catchier with the stop start guitar playing.

‘(I Hate) Saturday Nights’ is possibly my favorite song the album with all of the band chipping in with the vocals shouting “I hate Saturday Nights”, just influencing me to shout at the top of my voice at everyone I see.  There’s potential for this song to stay in my head for a number of weeks (keep you posted), the hook line resonates in my mind like ‘Johnny be good’, a song like this could enforce complete  madness to a crowd, regardless of how many people there. The album keeps it’s enthusiasm and momentum up until track 11 ‘Why oh Why’. As you speed through the stooge-esque song ‘Tell me otherwise’ and the complete ruckus which is ‘Eye for an Eye’, your left energy-less and completely wiped out whether you’ve been fighting with your pillows or your best friend.

‘Why oh Why’ slows it down and lets you catch your breath, however it still remains to keep the edge it had with the previous songs, even though though it has a lovely harmonica fill in it. To end the album you have ‘God Only knows’ which picks the tempo right back up with some excellent guitar work having a nice little diddy in there. Finally ‘Critical Mass’ gives you an insight to how hard the band worked and the tension that was behind creating the album, a brilliant not so hidden track.

A band that has a lot of character and edge to them, I think this album will be placing them on the map and give them the recognition they deserve.





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