ALBUM REVIEW: Swami John Reis – Ride The Wild Night | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 11.03.22







When Reis (Speedo to his mum) has released records with any of his dozen or so bands, there’s some expectation about which of his styles you’re going to get. Not so with this, arguably his first ‘solo’ album (although plenty of former bandmates are involved): there’s endless variations of punk, garage, sixties pop, a kind of mutant girl group pop, a sort of chugging Southern boogie, a strange and not entirely successful dabble in electro pop.

It’s all united by a few key components – Reis’ lovable and distinctive voice (‘the Velvet Yawn’), his knack for throwing out killer riffs like it ain’t no thing, and a feel for a brilliant chorus. Ride The Wild Night is all sorts of scrappy punk rock fun.



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