The Lightning Strikes

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In the spirit of late 60s hard rock pioneers such as Free, Humble Pie and The Yardbirds, The Lightning Strikes have taken the heart of hard blues/soul rock and amped up the velocity for a modern twin-guitar, supercharged monster riff rock’n’roll record the kind of which had gone missing over the past few years. Anyone with affection for acts like The Hellacopters might like to check in here for a new band with similar riff-laden thrills and bravado. But there’s a special kind of urban Australian energy too which is informed by Radio Birdman to name just one legendary predecessor. The Lightning Strikes version of The Spencer Davis classic “Gimme Some Lovin’” threatens to fly out of your hi-fi and take your head off and their originals burn white hot. It comes as no surprise to learn that the band is comprised of members of some much admired Melbourne acts of recent years. Guitarist Jonny Driver plays in the highly-regarded The Devilrock Four. Todd Trevor who plays guitar too and provides the exceptional Paul Rodgers-esque vocals was a key member of Warped and Mustang. Bassist Brett O’Riley also played in Warped as well as acclaimed hardcore pioneers Ricaine, while powerhouse drummer Joel Ellis has had the pleasure of hooking up with Ray and Blackie of The Hard-Ons in their other project Nunchukka Superfly. All this experience brings genuine class to a street-fighting rock’n’roll record for today.