Bulletboys - Acid Monkey (1995)

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Bulletboys - Acid Monkey (1995)

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Bulletboys - Acid Monkey (1995)

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Year : 1995
Style : Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 192 kbps + scans
Size : 45 mb


Bio:

BulletBoys is an American hard rock group formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1986.The group's original lineup was composed of former Ratt and Kagny and the Dirty Rats guitarist/King Kobra lead vocalist Marq Torien (vocals), former King Kobra guitarist Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent (bass) and Jimmy D'Anda (drums, percussion).The group released two successful albums and had a number of singles featured on MTV between 1988 and 1991.From the 90's onward, the group went through numerous lineup changes, with the exception of Torien who remained the only consistent member, which featured musicians such as Steven Adler (ex Guns N' Roses, later of Adler's Appetite) and DJ Ashba (ex Beautiful Creatures, Sixx:A.M. and Guns N' Roses) among others. The original band reunited for one show in December of 2011.To date, the band have released seven studio albums, BulletBoys (1988); Freakshow (1991); Za-Za (1993); Acid Monkey (1995); Sophie (2003); 10c Billionaire (2009), and Rocked and Ripped (2011) as well as the live album Behind the Orange Curtain (2007).BulletBoys were formed in 1987 in Los Angeles, California by former King Kobra members Marq Torien (also formerly of Ratt) on vocals, Mick Sweda on guitar, Lonnie Vencent on bass and Marc Danzeisen on drums.The group were strongly influenced by AC/DC and Van Halen with Torien drawing comparisons to Van Halen singer David Lee Roth. After signing a deal with Warner Bros., the group released their debut album BulletBoys in 1988 with the album peaking at number 34 on the Billboard 200.[6] The group released two singles, a cover of the classic O'Jays tune, "For the Love of Money" (which peaked at number 30 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100) and "Smooth up in Ya" (which peaked at number 23 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100) with both receiving airplay on MTV.They released their second album, Freakshow, in 1991 however the album only peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200.The single "Hang on St. Christopher," a cover of the Tom Waits song, peaked at number 22 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.The group released their final album with Warner Bros., titled Za-Za, a name suggested by guitarist Anthony Gallo taken from The Godfather Part III character Joey Zasa,in 1993, however it failed to chart, as well as the album's singles, while both Sweda and D'Anda left the group the same year.The group continued and released Acid Monkey in 1995 through Swordholio/Perris Records however they disbanded soon after.

Album:

Acid Monkey is the fourth album from the glam metal band BulletBoys, released in 1995 on Swordholio Records.The album marks a change in direction and style after the breakup of the band in 1993, featuring more of an alternative rock and pop punk influence, with singer Marq Torien and bassist Lonnie Vencent continuing to release albums under the BulletBoys name. Torien and Vincent were joined by guitarist Tommy Pittam and drummer Robby Karras for this album.AllMusic rated the album 2 and a half stars out of 5, but no review is written.This album was the fourth studio release by the Bulletboys and came a couple years after they lost their major label contract with Warner Brothers Records. Fan reviews have been mixed on this release, but 'Acid Monkey' is a very loose and relaxed release by the band. Be forewarned, there is nothing here that will remind long-time fans of the three previous albums by Bulletboys (or either of the ones that followed this). However, the change of direction was probably necessary to prevent all their creativity from drying up.The fact of the matter is, at the time, the Bulletboys were relegated to an indie label in the middle of the grunge era. Only two out of the four original members were left (lead singer Marq Torien and bassist Lonnie Vencent) and morale was probably a little low. For these reasons, this is probably the best album that the group could have made in 1995, given the circumstances. The original guitarist, Mick Sweda, and the original drummer, Jimmy D'Anda, are not present here. The replacements are unknown, but competent, musicians who turn in capable performances. Ted Templeman, who produced the first three Bulletboys records, is not behind the controls on 'Acid Monkey' but the slight dropoff in production quality does not ruin the whole listening experience.Bulletboys show off their range by experimenting with a few different styles on this album, mostly mid-90's alternative music. 'Acid Monkey' is not any heavier, or lighter, than the other Bulletboys albums, it is just different. "Weazal" is a punk track which opens the album at breakneck speed with a ton of attitude. "Surf Dog" is done in a surf-punk style and doesn't quite measure up to the opener, but the snotty vocals are a highlight. "Diss" is a downtuned 90's rocker, with shrill vocals from Marq Torien. A couple of the guitar riffs sound ever so slightly like Stone Cold Steve Austin's wrestling theme, before he was using it. The soft acoustic number, "Thorn", obviously borrows from Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots."Alien" is as good as anything else on here and certainly wasn't ever going to be a radio single. This ambitious track features heavy bass lines from Lonnie Vencent and Marq Torien sounds like he has lost his mind the further the song goes. "Toy" sounds like a song that was geared for a radio single and thus, it is the most accessible piece of music here for mass consumption."Terror Ride" is my personal favorite, featuring the strongest verse and chorus, overall. Marq's vocals are most passionate on "Terror Ride", even if some words are hard to decipher. "A.P." is actually Don McLean's "American Pie." Purists won't be pleased to hear that some verses and a whole chorus is missing, the track is much shorter than the original. However, it is as good of a cover of "American Pie" as you will ever hear. It sounds very much like the Bulletboys just walked into the studio, hit record and started playing an impromptu, acoustic jam. Listen to the tasteful drum sound, which starts up partway through the song. The Bulletboys did a number of cover songs in their career (including three of their biggest singles) and more often than not, they were done well. That was the case this time with "American Pie." Before you know it, the album is over.'Acid Monkey' was issued on Swordholio/Perris Records in 1995 and quickly went out of print, though negotiations are in progress to reissue it. The album gets a high score for doing something a little bit different and actually possessing fewer filler songs than some other releases by the Bulletboys. There are members of the Bulletboys fanbase who may want to listen to this before picking it up, because of the drastically different musical direction. However, regardless of what you think of the songs, the group shows plenty of signs of life throughout this collection of songs. Unlike other 1980's rock acts who tried a more contemporary sound in the mid/late 90's (Babylon AD, Dokken, LA Guns, etc.), the Bulletboys actually brought a pretty good collection of material to the table for 'Acid Monkey.' The songwriting was fairly strong, throughout. Marq and Lonnie knew there was nothing to lose and this wasn't going to get radio play, anyway. As a result, some of the most interesting work from the Bulletboys catalog was produced on 'Acid Monkey.' This is an album worth searching for but until it is reissued, the price may be a little steep. By the time the Bulletboys headed back into the studio to do a follow-up in 2000, the original lineup was back and the sound explored on this album was totally scrapped.Too bad.

Line Up:

Marq Torien - Lead Vocals
Tommy Pittam - Guitar
Lonnie Vencent - Bass
Robby Karras Humeniuk - Drums

Production:

Artwork – Mike E. Miller Jr
Mastered By – Jim Hahn, Lonnie Vencent
Producer – Bullet Boys, Jeff Hendrickson
Written By – Bullet Boys (tracks: 1-3, 5-7)

Tracklist:

01. Weazal
02. Surf Dog
03. Diss
04. Thorn
05. Alien
06. Toy
07. Edit Peace/Terror Ride
08. A.P.


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