Billy Boy on Poison
September 12, 2008
Happy Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day has a catchy groove and soulful vocals that sound like they are from an experienced rock veteran. With a Bowie vs. Grateful Dead like maturity and creativity, Billy Boy on Poison puts on a good show with Happy Valentine’s Day.
A recognizable intro with some siren-like sounds through it lead into this spunky, gutsy alt-rocker. Standing Still is what you will definitely not be doing on this song. It’s infectious energy and rhythmic sophistication lift this song to pretty high standards. At times it comes off a little overachieving, but the song has a lot of potential and Billy Boy on Poison gives it 110%.
These days more and more bands grab back to the general rock & roll sound we’ve had to go without for way too long. Jet was one of them, at times Oasis tried, and recently Rocco DeLuca took the stage. But there’s a new player in the ballpark by the name of Billy Boy on Poison. With classic rock & roll riffs and intensity, Saturday’s Child could’ve been a hit song from the late 60s/early 70s just as well as this great rocker from 2008. And yes, that is meant as a huge compliment.
On My Way
I named Jet only a few lines ago. On My Way reminds me of them a lot. Musically & vocally. And I could think of lesser bands to be compared to. But it has the same enthusiasm and energy and freshness. Very catchy, and it sounds both old and new. With that I mean that it sounds like something new without sounding new. I know I’m not making sense, but just listen and you know what I mean.
Dirty Bomb is immense fun. Billy Boy has some great effects and nice little bits and pieces in this song and it works. I don’t usually like all these little tricks and stuff, but on Dirty Bomb I think it’s really cool. Vocally not my favorite, but the passion that the band pours into the song greatly makes up for it.
I really didn’t know what to expect before I listened to this EP. But considering this band is on the Ironworks Music label, I figured it must be worth listening to as they seem to have a good ear for talent. And on Billy Boy on Poison I must agree with them that they have some talent here. Passion, energy, cheekiness and raw and pure rock & roll music, the way it was once the standard. This genuine article of rock has yet to make it big, but if they continue down this path, success will be theirs.