There’s a part of me that wonders why new bands make music that would have done very well from 1988-1992, knowing full well that it’s not going to make much of an impact in 2016. The thought is very real, but it makes me wonder if these otherwise talented musicians are wasting their time creating music for the few instead of the masses. Then there’s morning’s like today; a cold winter morning where I just want to sit home and rock to something fun, energetic and anthemic that I haven’t had 30 years of burn on to where I’m bored with it in about 2 minutes or less. It’s those moments when I am glad I can fire up the Amazon Music and find something like Tango Down’s BULLETPROOF in the collection.
Featuring new vocalist and one of my favorites, Chas West (Bonham, 3 Legged Dogg), Tango Down have created a very cool release that probably won’t find much of an audience under 30, but probably doesn’t care about that anyway. Songs like the mid tempo “Give Me A Reason” come with huge hooks, strong harmonies and enough “oomph” to make them appealing. Other songs, like the title track “Bulletproof” feature some big, standard tuning crunch provided by guitarist Scott Miller.
PITRIFF RATING - 80/100 - This is a band who you will hear primarily on internet radio or someone’s podcast in 2016, but that in no way means that they have created a release that could only be appreciated by the few. BULLETPROOF should be heard by anyone out there that ever was a fan of anything from Slaughter to House of Lords (and anything in between that style). Strong melodic rock from a perennially strong band.