Elvis Club

The Del-Lords

Lakeside Lounge Records, 2013


REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Del Lord (1894-1970) was a director of over 200 films and shorts. His lasting claim to fame was as the director of over three dozen Three Stooges shorts. He could not have imagined that his name would be appropriated by one of the more promising American rock bands of the 1980s.

The Del-Lords released four creative and energetic rock ‘n’ roll albums. They received more critical acclaim than they did commercial success, and by the early 1990s, the band members had gone their separate ways.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The lights went back on for the Del-Lords during 2010 when they reunited to play a series of selected dates. Recently, original members Scott Kempner (lead vocals and guitar), Eric Ambel (lead guitar and vocals), Frank Funaro (drums and harmony vocals) have been joined by new addition Michael DuClos (bass and harmony vocals) to create their first studio album in over 20 years. Elvis Club will be released May 14th in the United States.

Kempner has always been an accomplished and adventurous songwriter. Here, he has written eight of the tracks and assisted on two more. The only cover song on the album is a rocking version of Neil Young’s “Southern Pacific.”

For the most part, songs such as “When The Drugs Kick In,” “All Of My Life,” “Chicks Man,” and “Letter (Unmailed)” are instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the band. They are a fusion of a gritty garage band sound and British rock of the 1960s and 1970s. The new music has a more definitive guitar sound and it rocks a little harder, but all in all it remains similar to their distinctive style and sound of the 1980s. This is especially true when the harmonies kick in.

Elvis Club finds a band that is older, wiser, and seems a lot more relaxed. They have matured as musicians and have picked up quickly from where they left off all without repeating themselves. Hopefully the Del-Lords will continue to fine-tune their sound and produce more original and imaginative rock ‘n’ roll.

Rating: B

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