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BLAZE

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Release Date: 1. January 2015
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Album Review

Here come The Royal Flares again with six raw slabs of high-energy, true-to-your-school 60s GARAGE PUNK. Five originals and a moody garage version of “She’s Not There” (written by Rod Argent of the Zombies, while “Why?!” is not by Rod Argent as incorrectly stated on the label, but original material by The Royal Flares).

The recording and processing of “Blaze” was fully analogue- no digital interference whatsoever! Produced by Stefan Koglek of the acclaimed stoner rock/psych band Colour Haze on 2-inch reel-to-reel tape and directly mastered on 12” vinyl in 45 rpm, which makes for a vibrant, highly dynamic sound, rarely heard on new releases these days.

Leading the pack is the exuberant “Why?!”, a steaming yet catchy 60s punk smasher with swirling organ, strong vocals and a bloodcurdling scream kicking off a first-class twangy guitar break. A potential 60s garage hit!
Next comes “I – You = 0” with a choppy guitar riff and drums alternating between primitive jungle stomp and swinging 60s beat. A groover full of fun and typical 60s garage irony.
“See Me Walking At Night” is a savage fuzz monster with psychedelic undertones and a moody chorus.
The Royal Flares take on the Zombies’ classic “She’s Not There” exudes a silky moodiness, following the manner in which a lot of original US garage bands interpreted the Zombies style.
“Mrs. Sarah Lee” is a bopping dance tune, again with a strong chorus and an irresistible plinky guitar break.
Last but not least comes “I Wanna Love You”, the Royal Flares’ own version of early 60s garage sounds, the short period when the Beatles were cross-bred with US frat rock, and the Rolling Stones still in the wings…

The beautifully designed cover artwork is created by Kai Becker, leader of Hamburg’s own Wrong Society!