As I write this review, I am reminiscing about the time I saw Skid Row at their last show as an unsigned band at The Brook Theater in Bound Brook New Jersey. How impressive that other singer was…and listening to his sister as she informed me that her brother was going to be a big star. She was right, but as we all know what goes up must come down. Ego, attitude and selfishness flash through my mind… but time has a way of changing things and bringing in a new era in music. With the addition of a new drummer Dave Gara and vocals by Johnny Solinger, (who has been with the band since 1999) the Skids are about to take a new journey with the release of “Revolutions Per Minute” on SPV Records.
I think, how can anything replace the first Skid album released in 1989?... that album is legendary. But let’s not dwell in the past but take a look at it as a new band breaking ground. The opening track “Disease” is a smack down killer track that proves change is good and vocalist Johnny Solinger erases all past comparisons, he lifts my spirits and hopes with “Revolutions.” Scotti Hill and Snake Sabo both slamming the whammy bar on a couple tracks must have done some damage to Michael Wagener’s WireWorld studio when they recorded “Revolutions”. I was kicking myself in the ass when I heard “When God Can't Wait“this is truly a punk anthem that shows these boys just want to have some fun with their music. The highlight track, which is “Strength,” creates visions of encores and a song you will be waiting for at their live shows. ‘I want to be “White Trash” and sit around on my fat ass, so many hours in a day to piss my life away.’ Damn I see this everyday and looks to be part of the American Dream these days. This is one hell of a fun song and you gotta listen to the lyrics that hit home like ‘save the whales,’ ‘give donations’, and ‘feed the kids’. As stated by the Skids feed the kids to the whales. Oh damn where’s the PMRC sticker on the fucking CD, I guess Tipper fucked up again. I did not have sexual relations with that women but Al did.
I digress… “Nothing” is another highlight song that will be a crowd favorite that has that eighties feel you can sing along to. Skids, Skids please tell me you’re not going to go down the Keel road telling us you’re playing rock n roll just to make money while your heart is in Country music… if so Get the shotgun out Mavis! And you Rock fans go out, get “Revolutions Per Minute,” and give the Skids some feedback.
- Johnny Solinger - Lead Vocals
- Rachel Bolan - Bass, Backing Vocals, Percussion
- Scotti Hill - Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lap Steel
- Snake Sabo - Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Dave Gara - Drums, Backing Vocals
- Another Dick in the System
- Pulling My Heart Out from Under Me
- When God Can't Wait
- Shut Up Baby, I Love You
- White Trash
- You Lie
- Love Is Dead
- Let It Ride