'Stevie R Pearce & The Hooligans' - Album Review
The self titled debut album 'Stevie R Pearce and the Hooligans' is being re-released on March 23rd through Cargo Records.
Originally released independently in September 2017, it will now be available with inverted artwork, so a black logo on a white background as opposed to the original release which was a white logo on a black background. This is the only change, basically the philosophy of 'Don't Fix What Ain't Broken' springs to mind.
We kick off with 'Bad Day', a pulsating start to the album with a real feel of old school early punk with its fast paced guitar driven sound. This is followed by 'Goin' Down'. You will have no problem remembering the title of this driving track.
The pace and sound changes for 'Nobody Loves You', which is pure Rock'N'Roll with an addictive beat. Next up is 'You', an almost ballad sounding tune, almost...
'Same Old Story' has a real Southern feel to the acoustic start before we are taken on a proper classic rock journey. Next is another corker that will have you singing the chorus all day long. This one is called 'Set My Soul On Fire'.
'Can't Turn Your Back On Blood' is a classic Rock'N'Roll masterclass, and this is followed by 'Till Something Better Comes Along', where the pace slows for a definite ballad but still maintaining that constant driving beat throughout the song.
'Mama's Door' is a really interesting heartfelt sounding tune with just Stevie and his guitar before the band joins in. A beautiful sound, which is followed by a no holds barred Stevie R Pearce cover of the Johnny Cash classic 'Folsom Prison Blues'.
The penultimate track is a full on in your face rip roaring track called 'Hooligan' before we finish with 'Doin' Okay', which has a wonderfully structured acoustic opening with a sound not dissimilar to Richie Sambora in his heyday, whilst the track itself could easily be part of a rock opera, it has that feel. This is a great way to end a really good debut album by Stevie R Pearce & The Hooligans.
If you like the heavier side of rock or even the old days of punk, you are sure to enjoy this riff laden album, but be sure to check out these guys live at a venue near you, they are a superb live band.
Stevie R Pearce and the Hooligans are currently on tour and can be caught up and down the country now.
The debut album is re-released on March 23rd 2018, go buy it, it's very good. TFM gives this an 8/10.