JP And The Razors – Nothin’ To Lose | Album Review

JP And The Razors – Nothin’ To Lose

self release

7 songs time-20:31

Judging from the non-smiling visages of the band members on the CD cover you might think they are a harder sounding outfit. JP And the Razors, a three-piece band from the north west of England have somewhat of a milder sound going on. This mini album gives a brief glimpse into their sound. Jonny Slidewell(JP) supplies guitar, vocals and harmonica, as well as bass on one track. His guitar skills are good, but I could of used a bit more in the way of solos. His voice is smooth with kind of a New Wave-ish fresh energy. Dave “El Lobo” Roberts handles bass and hand claps. The drummer is S.A.W.. This rhythm section provides the push for these energetic songs.

The poppy “So In Love-Part 1” JP’s smooth voice and strummed acoustic guitar and harmonica. The next song up “The Car’s Too Fast” follows much the same approach. A prominent bass line, “clicky” drums and clipped note guitar soloing imbue “I’m Over You”. The band conjures up a breezy boogie groove for “I’m Losing”. Strummed acoustic guitar is the sole instrumental accompaniment on “So In Love-Part 2”, a melancholy follow up that emphasizes JP’s smooth as silk voice.

Electric slide guitar glides over electric rhythm guitar to stand alone under the vocal on “Someone New”. A George Thorogood influence pops up here. That influence is made clear on “It Wasn’t Me”, a Chuck Berry song associated with Thorogood.  D.B. Williams sits in on lead guitar on this very good version taken from a radio broadcast.

A pleasing if short taste of what JP And The Razors have to offer. The guys promise a full length LP of all original tunes in the fall. Something to anticipate judging from what we have here. I see their sound as smooth rocking pop-New Wave infused music with a little tad of blues thrown in. Call it whatever you like, I call it good music.

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