The Hellacopters - Strikes Like Lightning (Psychout)
UK release date: 22 November 2004
It must be galling for a band like The Hellacopters, who've been around for a decade now, banging out adrenalised, '70s-infused party rock, to sit back and watch while Jet take off and steal all the glory.
Not that you'd know it from this EP of new material, as Nicke Andersson and cohorts merrily blitz through six tracks in the space of 16 and a half minutes. Turn The Wrong Key and Take Me On are raucous blasts of retrobilia, complete with touches of piano and quickfire guitar solos; the intro to A View From Nowhere is pure Blue Oyster Cult; Blinded By The Light and Fiends & Frankensteins are cabriolet top-down, driving music; while On The Line sounds like a less metal, more psychobilly version of Motorhead.
None of this is dislikeable but, to be honest, neither is it special. It sounds like the Swedes had a ball recording the songs, and they'll rock live, but rather than striking like lightning, this EP only just avoids being a storm in a teacup.