REDHEAD - Broken Hourglass (SHARPCD21119) - Flicknife Records
I guess we are all missing the live scene badly, I mean just to be able to turn up to a pub stand by the bar have a few pints and watch a great live rock band
The simple pleasures denied to us for so long, making us regret all the times we just took it for granted. If only we could tilt the hourglass upside down right now. Well, hopefully we all won’t have to wait too long, but when we do, these boys certainly need checking out.
Redheads debut album ‘Broken Hourglass’ delivers and has that ‘best night out in ages’ feel to it. From the opening track’ Devil On Your Shoulder’, you’re immediately straight into their world and back at the bar, tapping your foot, nodding your head and wanting to be involved.
There are strong tracks right through this album. The catchy riff of ‘Girl’ is a definite winner on first listen. Then there’s ‘Weekend Woman’, more a reference to the excitement of waiting for Friday night and to get out Rocking with your girlfriend and mates, rather than anything that could be deemed ‘Woke‘ offensive.
They are also brave enough to include a minute and a half ballad ‘One Last Time’, rather than extend it to test the weak bladders who may be waiting for that moment to take a trip to the gents halfway through.
‘Ghost Train’ drives on with a very classic Rock feel and ‘Aces On The Table‘, has a good singalong chorus, that I can also imagine works very well live. The awesome ‘Part II’ is a stand out very powerful track as well.
However, they finish with their torch and (iPhone) waving song ‘Last Chance’, which leaves a powerful impression and I can imagine leaves an audience shouting for an encore. Which, my recommendation (and personal favourite track on the album) would be ‘Let It All Sink In’.
All in all, a very fine first album by Redhead and maybe, just maybe come April 30th, the Hourglass might just remain still long enough for us all to buy a copy.
Matt Fielder - Ransom April 2021
REVIEW - Redhead - 'Broken Hourglass' (Album - Flicknife Records)
Basingstoke, Hampshire band Redhead have been with us in one form or another since 2013 but 'Broken Hourglass' (released on the 30th April on Flicknife Records) is the first full length album they've released. The band's bio will tell you the band's name comes from 'a combined history of dating only redheaded girls and a strangely insatiable love of dyed red hair on girls' and this album is certainly on the good time 80s - girls, beer, rock 'n'roll - side of rock and metal. In fact, to these ears, bands such as FM, Dare and rock nights at the Retford Porterhouse circa 1980 (I imagine, I'm not that old!) all spring to mind when listening to the album.
'Broken Hourglass' has a particularly strong first half with opening track 'Devil On Your Shoulder' wasting no time in setting out its stall with a twisting, bluesy riff leading into a hard rockin' tune with strong guitar playing, a tight rhythm section and a hooky, sing-along chorus. The 'slinky', 'Hold On Me' then prefaces the two most accessible (and single worthy) tracks - 'Weekend Woman' with its boogie feel and great dual playing alongside an impossibly catchy chorus and the strutting 'Girl', another monster tune. Ellis Crewe-Candy's voice sparkles best on the acoustic parts of the album, such as the short 'n' sweet 'One Last Time', but his vocals are distinctive throughout, and the guitars of Lee Blackburn and Matt Hitching also burn and soar for the duration of the album, all ably backed up by the tight and rock-solid rhythm section of Alex Murray and Nathan Haynes. If the album dips slightly with the next three tracks, the final two tracks on the album finish the record with some elan. As its name suggests 'Ghost Train', is a rollicking, runaway tune with more great guitar playing and a rabble rousing chant-along chorus while 'Last Chance' shows the band can also turn their hand to a lighters aloft ballad with more fine vocals from Crewe-Candy and an 'orchestral' play-out.
'Broken Hourglass' should appeal to anybody who hankers after the melodic, pop-metal bands of the 80s, who like a bit of fun in their music and want to 'party at the weekend'. Well played and put together, 'Broken Hourglass' is an excellent opening gambit from the band and will hopefully get Redhead out to a wider audience than their native Hampshire. I imagine they're a good night out as well - let's hope they can also get out and play these songs soon.
'Broken Hourglass' is out now and available from all the major digital sites and their record label, Flicknife Records.
Ballroom Blitz's Man At The Back May 2021
Album review : Redhead – Broken Hourglass
Basingstoke five-piece Redhead were formed in 2013 and over those eight years have released a number of EPs, but now their long-awaited debut album titled 'Broken Hourglass' has finally been released.
Release was planned for the end of March last year but then the Covid crisis put the block on that, but out of bad comes good and during the pandemic they signed a deal with Flicknife Records and originally a four-piece band, they also met their new guitarist Matt to finalise their new line up.
Collectively they are Ellis Crewe-Candy - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, String Arrangement.
Lee Blackburn – Lead guitar, additional guitar, Backing Vocals
Alex Murray- Bass, Backing Vocals
Nathan Haynes – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals and
Matt Hitching – Guitar.
Their sound is drenched in classic rock and punk with a hint of blues. The album is ten tracks, opening with ‘Devil On Your Shoulder’ an in your face fast and furious riff laden rock and roll number with a NWOBHM vibe.
‘Hold On Me’ changes the mood to blues rock, melodic with some great guitar solos.
‘Weekend Woman’ is a hand-clapping anthemic number which will get the live crowds shouting out the chorus and headbanging.
‘Girl’ with its tongue in cheek lyrics has so many of the band’s influences, sounds of the Stones and many hair metal bands are heard here. They also did a live lockdown video of this catchy little number.
‘One Last Time’ is a short sweet ballad sung and played acoustically by Ellis.
‘Aces On The Table’ has a real punk feel to it: early Damned, UK Subs et al, with a soundbite middle eight and a blistering guitar solo. I absolutely loved this track, a great vocal from Ellis and the band are as tight as Scrooge’s wallet.
‘Let It All Sink In’ stays with the punk vibe, you will be pogoing till you drop on this one.
‘Part II’ This song displays the diversity of the band, a slow quiet acoustic intro before it turns into a balls-out no nonsense rock and roll onslaught, along with a thunderstorm sound effect.
‘Ghost Train’ This has another sing along chorus for the crowds to scream out, also some nice dual guitar work from Lee and Matt.
Ending the album with ‘Last Chance’ a soft rock ballad with an orchestral outro.
The long wait for the album is over and the band here have shown all their influences and diversity on this debut with its nostalgic old school feel.
Redhead, ‘Broken Hourglass’ is out now on Flicknife Records
Review by Dave Martin (@masterofmetal58 on Twitter) May 2021
REDHEAD - Broken Hourglass (out now)
"dirty rock and roll, and that’s precisely what Redhead provide..."
"a damn fine effort..."
"Ideal for putting on when you're sticking burgers on the BBQ and sinking a cold one."
3/5 - OLD FASHIONED ROCK AND ROLL
Gareth Endean, ERB Magazine. June 2021