The Rock City archives: 2012
Slam Cartel, Rock City Basement
Slam Cartel are hard rock/rock and roll band from London, UK.
"They got melodies the size of Texas, hooks that could catch a Great White... and an album that needs to be played really fucking loud while driving up the coast in a convertible sports car. Slam Cartel will be a force to be reckoned with.” Billy Morrison (Billy Idol, The Cult, Camp Freddy, Stimulator)
Praise indeed. But, for London based hard rock band Slam Cartel, it's not just about the music. Obviously they too are in thrall to the power of their own songs - and the fact they can count Billy Morrison and Russell Brand as fans is a bonus - but what really sets them apart is the pride and delight they take in delivering their killer combination of cuts, hooks and jabs to the solar plexus.
Giles Van Lane (vocals), Marc Neudeck (bass), Tommy Hendriksen (guitar), Steve Campkin (drums), Adam Lee (keyboards, guitars) and principal songwriter, Terence Warville (guitar), have been together three years. United in their dedication to breathe new life into the cause of hard rock, their very first gig was played in a bikers bar and subsequent shows have included auspicious dates at the 100 Club, Scala and rock fest, Sonisphere 2010/11, where they have recruited a battalion of loyal followers.
Their knockout debut album, Handful Of Dreams, is packed full of demon hooks, coruscating riffs, boss grooves, and rousing choruses, if the overall sound is somewhat reminiscent of legendary rock outfit, The Cult, you can also hear the shards and splinters of grandstanding influences, the Chilli Peppers, Guns n Roses and the Foo Fighters.
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