New Generation Superstars – King of the World
Release Date: 06/01/2017
Running time: 45:38
Review by Vikkie “Queen of Rock” Richmond
I’m not entirely sure that New Generation Superstars self-proclaimed style of ‘face ripping rock’ is completely accurate, but I was interested to listen to the Nottingham rockers’ fourth studio album, released on their own label. Having built up a cult following – their fans are affectionately known as ‘The B*stard Division’ – NGS have toured with some of the greats of the modern age, including The Wildhearts, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Love/Hate, Ricky Warwick and Michael Monroe, to name but a few.
The opener on this twelve track album is “Friend Or Foe” and it kicks off with some nice guitar work; a pacey track that trots along quite nicely, however I’m not sure that AJ’s vocal stylings are entirely to my taste. Part punk, part alt-rock, part rock-rock, this song is a perfect introduction to New Generation Superstars’ work.
I particularly liked second track, “King Of The World”; it has some mildly offensive lyrics and a tight musical style. Indeed, there is little to fault in the way of musical talent on this release – all of the songs are accomplished and it’s clear that this is a band who are comfortable with what they are doing and who they are.
“Out Of My Head” is probably my favourite track, it’s a bouncy, anthemic track that screams punk and makes you want to get up and jump around. It’s still stuck in my head and probably will be for weeks and I like the way it just ends abruptly with no fanfare.
Special mention goes to the rather lovely “Hold On”; a piano led, somewhat haunting tune, with some lovely harmonies and a rather classic sounding guitar riff kicking in halfway through. It’s almost a ballad, but I’m loathe to describe it as such, especially as there is a less than full on drum solo near the end, which segues into an orchestral bridge, complete with string section. It was an unexpected interlude and I rather liked it.
Other stand out tracks for me include the bass driven “Keys To The City”, the attitude laden “Crash Course”, the frenetic “Halo” and funky “Last Of A Dying Breed”.
With an eclectic list of influences and a career spanning over ten years to date, New Generation Superstars show no sign of disappearing off of the scene any time soon, indeed they appear to be going from strength to strength. I would like to see them live as I have a feeling that the stage is where these songs will come to life.
01. Friend Or Foe
02. King Of The World
03. Taste Of Me
04. Out Of My Head
05. Hold On
06. Keys To The City
07. Crash Course
08. Damn You (To Hell And Back)
11. Last Of A Dying Breed
12. Not Like You
AJ Superstar – Guitar and Vocals
Davey Messiah – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
Jonny Suicide – Bass and Backing Vocals (Co-lead on ” To Hell & Back”)
Mord Fustang– Drums (Piano “Hold On”)
Sophia Marshall – Vocals “Hold On”
Ross Hillard – String Sections “Hold On” and “Hello”
Neil Hunter – Piano “To Hell and Back”
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