Breaking a recording dry spell of five years, Melbourne trio The Casanovas come rocking out of lock down looking for a good time.
Mixing classic rock n roll swagger with a catchy power-pop savviness, Reptilian Overlord is a straight-up feel good record. Hollywood Riot sets the tone for what’s to come, ten tracks bristling with catchy hooks, sing along choruses and swashbuckling guitar moves.
Lost and Lonely leaps out as an early highlight with a pensive riff, vocal harmonies and sparkling guitar runs like a meeting between classic-era Kiss and a harder rocking Eagles. With the album’s best riff, the sardonic denunciation of gentrification in St Kilda is Fucked could be applied to anywhere from Newtown to Kreuzberg, and Bulletproof has a cracking solo that should capture the heart of any rocker who just loves a ripping lead break. Mid-Life Crisis is the only real misfire, the raw and angry self-loathing making it a little out of place.
The Casanovas are at their best when they’re just joyously rocking out, and Reptilian Overlord is filled to the brim: Cold Day in Hell, Stand Back and the supremely rocking Red Hot are simply parties looking for a place to happen, and that place should be the cars and living rooms of anyone who needs to something kick-ass right now.
- Hollywood Riot
- Cold Day in Hell
- Lost and Lonely
- Stand Back
- St Kilda is Fucked
- Mid-Life Crisis
- Red Hot
- Reptilian Overlord