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An idea which is executed nicely with some reservations about the material.

Pronounced "seventy seven", a name which conveys exactly what the band are about. Call it, if you will, going back to the future. Indeed, given the choice, perhaps 1977 is where Michael J Fox should have pointed his DeLorean and sampled Rock at its finest and most splendid, when denim, leather and grease ruled rather than the hairspray and spandex which soon followed.

Rooted in the sound of what many consider the golden age of Heavy Rock, the Valeta brothers (Armand (vocals/rhythm guitar) and lead guitarist LG) are joined by a new rhythm section of Andy Cobo on drums and bassist Guillem Martinez – their audition including a telling try out of AC/DC covers and the Australia legends are a band who provide much of this album's inspiration which, at times, is hard to shake off.

It's raw and uncluttered; short, sharp and to the point, even with the standard lead and rhythm guitar of the Valeta pairing plus bass and drum combo, and to their credit they've done their utmost to bring some authenticity to the songs. Producer, Jaime Gomez Arellan confirmed that "we decided to take our trip back in time very seriously and didn't compromise on anything". Meaning, the album was recorded live – no more than two takes per song – using vintage equipment, classic analogue units and capturing it all on analogue two inch tape. You can just imagine Bolton's finest comedian Peter Kay shouting "Analogue tape? Analogue? Tape?" While some readers who were actually around in 1977 might take offence at the "vintage" reference, looking at the equipment list it's a vintage gear enthusiast's wet dream.

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As far as the music and the songs are concerned, the difficulty remains in the feeling that there's the constant reference to and reminders of other bands which may be a good or bad thing. 'Tonight' has that distinctive AC/DC groove with some swing and 'She Makes Me' similarly sets off with a throaty vocal very much in the style of...well, you get the picture. The twin guitar sound of the title track is very much along the lines of the sound pioneered by (insert the name of your favourite seventies twin guitar band here). Even the closing cut 'We Want More Rock And Roll' kicks off with what is clearly "that" distinctive John Bonham signature drum opening of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock And Roll'. On the other hand, when they produce something like 'It's Alright', a pacey feel-good party tune, or go a bit darker in 'Too Young To Go' they show more of their own identity rather than reiterating their influences.

And therein lies the rub. In a nutshell, an idea which is executed nicely with some reservations about the material.

Mike Ainscoe

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