If there’s one thing you can count on about Michael Monroe, it’s his consistency. Just like the New York Dolls, you get what you pay for, and that’s intense punk rock bebop. New album One Man Gang (pre-order/save here) is a jet-fueled rock and roll rodeo compromised of killer guitar riffs and snot-nosed punk alley gutter lyrics.
Sometimes Monroe comes off as a young Alice Cooper in “Junk Planet.” The next moment “Midsummer’s Night” has you walking home in the cool Sunset Strip breeze. I love the creeping Stones vibe and the shout-along chorus of “The Pitfalls of Being an Outsider,” while “Hollywood Paranoia” makes my balls shrivel, and “Heaven is a Free State” leaves you asking for more chips and salsa from Monroe’s taqueria.
All and all, this is a great rock and roll record and, while many of the post-punk, Stones-influenced bands have fallen to the wayside, Michael Monroe charges forward with One Man Gang.
One Man Gang Track Listing:
01. One Man Gang
02. Last Train to Tokyo
03. Junk Planet
04. Midsummer Nights
05. The Pitfalls of Being an Outsider
06. Wasted Years
07. In the Tall Grass
08. Black Ties and Red Tape
09. Hollywood Paranoia
10. Heaven is a Free State
11. Helsinki Shakedown
12. Low Life in High Places
Run Time: 36:92 Release Date: October 11, 2019 Record Label: Silver Lining Music
If you’re looking for a good time, then promptly board the “Last Train To Tokyo.”
A pres shot of Michael Monroe and his crew of rad musicians: