Tammy and the Lords of Misrule
you can’t remember the last time you had an unqualified blast listening to a
rock and roll record, then Tammy and the Lords of Misrule have brought a long
overdue dose of medicine to you.
collection of twelve anthems in the making, King Maker is a dream come
true for closet air-guitarists, late night apartment dancers, and people who
would rather sing into their hairbrush than style with it.
Front woman Tammy Ferranti is a rock star waiting to explode, leading the
group with an incredible vocal prowess, some brilliant songwriting, and an
infectious “lighten up” spirit that generates out of every note on the
of Girl”, the opening track, will become a huge radio hit if there’s any
justice left for rock lovers in the world.
With heavy guitars, bass and drums punctuating an indelible hook, this is
the kind of song that could single handedly bring about a change in the national
musical climate, much like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” did a decade ago.
second song, “Radiate”, is indicative of what a magnificent instrument
Tammy’s voice is…she structures her vocal lines into carefully cultivated
layers that when assembled, storm from the speakers like an all out audio
its quirky strains comes the lushly beautiful ballad “This Time”, which
combines Tammy’s twelve-string strumming with lead guitarist Don Mogill’s
chiming, impeccable harmonics and high notes to reach all levels of the sonic
atmosphere at the same time. Credit
them both for remembering what rock guitars are capable of…beauty as well as
next two songs are the CD’s most playful ones, “What Baby Wants” and
“Camellia Chameleon”, and showcase the group’s appealing sense of fun.
“Turn Yourself Around” is an amazing listen, as Tammy takes a
hauntingly lovely vocal line, then adds another, and another until the music
becomes nearly all-encompassing at the climax.
is a personal favorite of mine, as the band seems to reach back into a time when
jangling guitars and new wave sensibility could go hand in hand…the Lords
prove that they can do so again. “Here
We Go” is another favorite; a great tune that also really shows off the chops
of bassist Roy Lansdown. His
roller-coaster, melodic bottom ends add extra depth to every tune on the CD, and
work so seamlessly that they rarely call attention to themselves, but the
attentive listener will be impressed and rewarded.
is a bouncy minor-key number with a playful lyric that leads into another of the
disc’s more fun tracks, “Paper Cup”.
One can almost picture the smirk on Tammy’s face as she tosses off her
dis about the Guinness book (arguably the album’s most quotable line)!
out with “Ghost of a Chance”, another good guitar driven rocker, and ends
with one of the best out-tracks in recent memory, the infecting “Clockwork”.
With Tammy’s catchy rhythm guitar riff punctuated by Roy’s bass and
Rick Heitzwebel’s terrific drum beat and accents, I find I can never keep my
feet still when I listen to it. The
ending lets the band open up and just jam for a bit, with Don’s razor sharp
leads twisting and coiling around the song’s rhythms.
By the time the last beats crash down, there’s only one logical place
to go from there…back to track one for another listen.
For more information on Tammy and the Lords of Misrule, or to contact the band, or to order your own copy of King Maker, visit their website!