|Seven Deadly Sins, Cat & The Hot Tin Trio
Mad Rat Records RMR 0704
Cat & The Hot Tin Trio are probably not what you would expect from a band fronted by a petite young thing in stilettos, but hey, 50 years on, rock 'n' roll has progressed somewhat. CAT is definitely all girl, but put her with the HOT TIN TRIO and girlie rock 'n' roll goes out the window. This years Rocker's Reunion flier introduced them as "wild and primitive", and they certainly kept the reunion audience fixed firmly in front of the stage. They played a varied set consisting of numbers that help to make up a very extensive repertoire, such as Hungry For Your Loving, Hello Baby and Howl At The Moon, right through to Runaway, Lonesome Feeling and This Ole House. Each number put over with it's own distinctive HOT TIN style and the sensational vocal talent of CAT.
You know what, when I first listened to this band's debut album, I just had to think of Kim Lenz & Her Jaguars. No, they're not quite as good, and there are still a few flaws in the overall sound of the band, but they're getting there. I wasn't a bit surprised when I actually heard them do a Kim Lenz song (Shake A Leg) further down the line. For instance, on Mac Curtis "Try Me" I thought the slapping bass was a bit 'overdone'. Second time I played it I figured it actually wasn't too bad at all. Maybe you just gotta get used to the sound. One thing's for sure though, it really does rock!
Cat Cane's vocals on Buck Griffin's "Let's Elope baby" sound just great, and certainly much better that on the previous "Try Me", where she tries to keep a lower voice. On Narvel Felts "Lonesome Feeling" she uses a very smooth and sexy voice, which sounds different again, but pretty darn good. For the record, the song was written by S.N. Richardson (not "Unknown" :-))
"Dumb As Dirt" is the first of three self-penned songs, all three were written by the band's guitarist Brian Hill. Since this sounds very good, I wonder why only 3 out 18 are originals. The Hot Tin Trio is obviously quite capable of writing their own songs.
The selected covers however are a good choice, most of them not the kind that are covered all the time, with the exception of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe", which is definitly NOT one of my favorites on this album. Other renditions include a great "Purr Kitty Purr (Sid King & The Five Strings), "Tear It Up" (Johnny Burnette Trio), "Worrying Kind" (Tommy Sands), "Slow Down" (Jack Earls), "The Way I Walk" (Jack Scott's original, but played Robert Gordon style) and Rockhouse (Roy Orbison). The one that jumps out is a super cool version of Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp", which is given an extra dimension, being sung by a female feline. The remaining two originals are the title song "Seven Deadly Songs" and "Don't Spike My Drink", both pretty cool songs.
Although only 18 tracks are listed on the album cover, there are 2 hidden bonus tracks at the end, "Caledonia" & "Cat Clothes", both Carl Perkins' songs and the last one will knock you off your feet! So, what else can I say? This debut CD rocks from start to end, all authentic rockabilly, Kim Lenz style, and recorded in full stereo. The sound is bearable (just kidding of course) and although I have never seen them live on stage, I'm pretty sure Cat & The Hot Tin Trio will rock your socks off!
Mad Rat Records is a subsidiary Roaming Mad rat Enterprises and in the tradition of The Mad Rat will contunue to promote new rockin' acts, giving them a bottom rung on the ladder of the U.K. rock 'n' roll scene.
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2004