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MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It
Silver Sky Records
November 2017
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8 ½ /10

Yeah baby, the debut album from Melbourne’s Riff Raiders finally landed on our desk and it’s a slinky, catchy, classy serve of gotta-have-it rock AND roll.

Proudly fronted by the awesome vocals of Jenni James, the band tell it like it is: positive, life-affirming rock n’ roll made for singing, sweating and – if that’s your bag – drinking to.

Sisters In Arms features a loosey goosey guitar riff so immediate that you’ll think you wrote it yourself; while the middle-finger-raised anthem D-GAF may be the best rock song released last year. Tailor made for singing at the top of your voice with a super-simple punky riff, it does everything rock n’ roll is supposed to.

A Million Miles Away could be a new wave hit of days gone by if it had a suitable synth part, so mesmerising are its glacial guitars and vocals, and there’s a sprinkling of AC/DC magic over the title track. James lets rip in style, and close your eyes and you can imagine that perhaps Bon Scott is the only person who could have sung it better.

You’ll note by now that every song draws from different influences. Rather than wall to wall pub rock, the diversity makes Live Like You Mean It a joy to listen to – a journey, in a sense.

The bouncy rock of Spinning Off The Rails leads perfectly into If You Want My Love and album closer Born To Raise Hell, both excellent covers of a couple of Cheap Trick’s best, showing their key influence right there.

Shane

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