Title - King Boy Vandals
Artist - Slinky Vagabond
For those not in the know, Slinky Vagabond is a concept band that originally formed in 2007 and became an integral part of the New York club scene and performed at celebrations for Joey Ramoneís Birthday Bash alongside the New York Dolls, Fashion Weekís Gen Art and Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and Marc Bolanís 30th Anniversary Show alongside Patti Smith, Tom Morello, Joan Jett and Ronnie Spector.
They will release their new CD album King Boy Vandals on December 6th, 2021 and have explained that the title of the album is an anagram of their own band name. We re-arranged the name just as we re-arranged the band," explains New York-based fashion designer/author/musician Keanan Duffty about this new recording made with Italian guitarist/songwriter/producer Fabio Fabbri.
The bandís ethos was built with guest collaborations at its core and this has remained the same since 2007. The bandís original lineup featured the aforementioned Duffty - still the current driving force behind the band - Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids), Clem Burke (Blondie, The Ramones) and Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) on backing vocals.
They were structured like hip hop bands that construct songs on features, tracks and featured a veritable slew of collaborations and luckily for us all, King Boy Vandals carries on that tradition.
As noted, long time friend and collaborator of Duffty, Fabio Fabbri has produced the record and even co-wrote the songs and played guitar. There are also guest appearances from Midge Ure (Ultravox/Visage/Live Aid co-founder), Dave Formula (Magazine/Visage), Richard Fortus (Guns Ní Roses/Psychedelic Furs), David Torn (David Bowie/David Sylvian), Tony Bowers (Durutti Column/Simply Red) and Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash).
1. Prima Donna (feat. Midge Ure, Tony Bowers)
2. Fear No Evil (feat. Martin Turner, Richard Fortus)
3. The Beauty in You (feat. Dave Formula, Tony Bowers)
4. Old Boy (feat. Midge Ure, Tony Bowers)
5. Iím Falling Down (feat. Dave Formula, Tony Bowers)
6. Euphoria (feat. David Torn, Tony Bowers)
7. Absolutely Dark
8. English Country Garden (feat. Andy Hilfiger, Richard Fortus)
9. Black Leather Jacket
10. Rockiní into an Explosion (feat. Tony Bowers)
11. The Beauty in You (Acoustic) (feat. Dave Formula, David Maher)
This quite breathtakingly alive, vibrantly grounded new rock album opens on the second single released, the mid-tempo, jangly orchestrated beats and rhythms of Prima Donna (a tale of an imaginary waltz down the Kings Road with a í60s icon like Anita Pallenberg) and then brings forth the harder-edged rocker Fear No Evil.
Next up is their first single, the free flowing, low key, wavy, reverberated guitar work of The Beauty in You which is backed seamlessly by the retro alt-punk rock of Old Boy, the melodically swarthy Iím Falling Down and then comes the lushly orchestrated, low ebb psych hipsway of Euphoria.
Then we get the melodious foot-stomper Absolutely Dark and the twisting and turning, passively sculptured, psych-imbed English Country Garden, which are in turn followed the alt-punk of the forthright Black Leather Jacket, the album rounding out on the soaringly euphoric ambiance of Rockiní into an Explosion, closing on a dulcet acoustic version of The Beauty in You.
Slinky Vagabond -The Beauty In You (feat. Dave Formula & Tony Bowers) [Official Video]
Slinky Vagabond - Prima Donna (feat Midge Ure) [Official Video]
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