by Karla Ash
The evidence is undeniable: Eurovox equip themselves with borrowed parts: chunks of guitar shrapnel left behind the Mohawk hordes from London’s Class of ’77. Although they have a ferocious enough drum kick and the guitars speed with the ferocity of passing asteroids, Eurovox are definitely not punk. Rather, this is working-class British rock, closer in sound, if not spirit, to vintage Who, the Kinks, and David Bowie. Their Bowie fixation is fairly obvious on “The World Won’t Wait,” but it’s not a pale imitation a la Spacehog or Babylon Zoo (remember them?). The group captures the drag years of Bowie quite well and, while vocalist Mat Hammond is nowhere near as flamboyant as Ziggy Stardust, he offers a solid, charismatic performance.
With artists such as Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand taking off in the U.S., there seems to be another British Invasion underway, one that has the potential of topping the last U.K. infiltration of this country in the mid-‘90s. However, many of these groups are flashing back to the ‘80s. Eurovox, on the other hand, refuse to settle for a single era. The band plumbs the English rock & roll encyclopedia for definitions of kick-ass music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s. Don’t expect any modern touches here; this is classic British rock with an irresistibly stubborn commitment of remaining true to its royal blue origins.
More information on Eurovox is available at: http://www.eurovoxuk.com