THE QUIREBOYS – Black Eyed Sons
August 20, 2014, a year ago
(Off Yer Rocka / Cargo)
In celebration of their 30th anniversary, The Quireboys (formerly known as The London Quireboys) have released a triple pack consisting of a new studio album, a live unplugged CD, and a concert DVD – talk about covering all the bases. Yes, the guys who brought you “7 O’ Clock” have been at it for three decades now; the ultimate pub band perseveres! Disc one is comprised of ten new tracks produced, mixed and engineered by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen). These songs feel so right – no anthems, no party rock nonsense; just simple, soulful tunes that resonate profoundly. “Stubborn Kinda Heart” is super cool, while “Monte Cassino (Lady Lane)” really puts a lump in the ol’ throat. Disc two is an acoustic set recorded live at 2013’s Sweden Rock Festival – in front of 40,000 fans. Consummate professionals, The Quireboys are unequivocally adept at kissing you softly, while simultaneously kicking your ass ever so gently. “Mona Lisa Smiled”, “Roses And Rings”, and “I Don’t Love You Anymore” are beyond highlights; these tracks make time stand still. Disc three – the DVD – is a seven camera shoot from the London stop of last year’s Beautiful Curse Tour at The Islington 02 Academy. 19 songs and the crowd still wants more. The band makes a dimly lit stage home while frontman Spike constantly smiles, cracks jokes, and enjoys a pint. Piano man Keith Weir dazzles both those in attendance and the viewers at home. You can’t help but snap your fingers and tap your feet to the incredible sounds of “There She Goes Again”, “Hey You”, “Chain Smokin’” and “Sex Party”. Bonus footage is far from B-Roll. The Quireboys play as a four-piece – no drums or bass – in a sound studio. Four tracks are aired and god damn – they should have sold tickets to this incredible private performance. Rounding it out are candid, yet endearing interviews with the guys. The accolades for Black Eyed Sons are endless – see for yourself!