Review: Gasoline Outlaws – ‘Light Up The World’

“That was quickly proved wrong when we hit our target in 44 days! We were on cloud nine and very excited to start on the second record”. Then the rug was pulled out from under them as PledgeMusic went belly up. Even though it was no fault of their own, it was their reputation at stake, so the Outlaws have stepped up and are currently honouring all the pledges from their own pockets. An admirable decision. ‘Light Up The World’ follows on from 2015’s debut, ‘No Rules, No Laws, No Regrets’, with four years more experience (and mileage) under their belts. It would be interesting to hear what the album would sound like if it was written after PledgeMusic went down the pan, but, ‘Light Up The World’ was good to go just as the news broke. So, what can you expect on album number two? Ten tracks of hook-filled passionate hard rock music, that’s what. There’s enough riffs from Adam Parkin to ensure that you are checking behind the curtain, just to make sure that there isn’t another guitarist plugged in helping the fella out. Exhibit A would be the crunching pair of ‘Psycho’ and ‘Breathe Again’ (the heaviest moments on the album), followed by Exhibit B; the Thin Lizzy-esque melodic fretboard work on ‘The System Is A Lie’. Then you have the golden throat of vocalist Matt Fitzsimons’ über clean vocals, and on moments like ‘Better Days Coming’; think Dennis DeYoung from Styx fronting a ballsy hard rock band. Equally at home on the ballads (‘Where We Started’ and ‘Executed’) as he is on the heavier moments, you always get the impression that he is holding back a little, always able to move up a gear or two if required. Then there is the stellar work from the backbone of the band, bassist Chris Fitzsimons and the man on the skins, Ryan Hood. Collectively, a band that run the complete gamut of rock music with room to spare. From the punk-fused intro of opener and title track ‘Light Up The World’, the swaggering ‘Livin’ This Way’ and the bass-heavy ‘Better Days Coming’, right through to the soft, bluesy tones of closing track ‘Hard Times’, this is the sound of a group of musicians maturing and growing into a find band. Hopefully, the pledge debacle will prove to be just a bump in the road. Sometimes the good guys do need to win in the end… unless it’s a movie with Gerard Butler playing the good guy. He can do one! ‘Light Up The World’ is due in May. Find out how you can help Gasoline Outlaws by purchasing said opus by clicking here. Review: Dave    ]]>

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