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CD Review: Zoe Vette & the Revolvers's B.C. Radio

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In balance with the plethora of bands trying to mark new twists on music are those that don't try to re-invent the wheel, but offer a more straightforward approach. Zoe Vette & The Revolvers' debut album takes elements of rock from the last few decades and sews them together for an album with enough punch to make an impact. With rasp in her voice, Zoe Vette picks up where Joan Jett left off — making rock tunes that are edgy, but radio-friendly enough to appeal to a broader audience. "Dick" is driven by a drum beat as a distorted Gretch riff rolls in the background. The dominant bass line that falls between the verses on "Midnight Eye" is reminiscent of The Who's "The Real Me." The cheery side of Vette's voice is heard on the band's cover of Brian Eno's "Needles in the Camel's Eye," which sucks the happiness out of its Go-Go's-like vocals and pairs it with more of a classic-rock sound. Vette conjures a bit of The Ramones' edge on "William Fear." Recorded at Impermanence Studios in Belmont and mastered by Rob Tavaglione at Catalyst Recordings, the album captures some of the raw sound that's evident in the band's shows — keeping the guitars fuzzy, the vocals masked in a hint of reverb and instruments evenly spotlighted.

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