In a genre where it’s often hard not to draw clear similarities to classic high-energy rock’n’roll acts that we got to know and love from the ’70s and ’80s Beat City Tubeworks are doing their damnedest to create something unique of their own, whilst clearly paying their dues to those who’ve gone before.
Formed in the city of Jönköping, Sweden early 2015, they can best be described as energetic ’70s influenced rock’n’roll / garage rock. The songs deliver a raw catchiness, with blazing electric guitars, honky licks, and thoughtful melodic hooks. Add to that a pulsing percussion, some killer baselines, and characteristic vocals a la Gene Simmons, and you’ve got some decent, if not a little derivative, rock’n’roll. Think along the lines of the MC5, Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Kiss, and the New York Dolls (occasionally complete with the 70’s tight loons or fancy dress plus trowelled-on make-up of the last two!) and you begin to get the picture.
Since then, they’ve developed a reputation for being a superb live act, and deliver great performances, and have shared the stage with such established “Swedish school of rock” acts as Danko Jones, Giuda, The Nomads, Deadheads and Vojd. This is when the band really comes into its own, and the Heartbreakers / NY Dolls tradition is confirmed.
Their latest CD, I Just Cannot Believe It’s The Incredible Beat City (modest little epigram, shame about the CD cover!) was released in December 2019 by The Sign Records. This is a remastered version of the original Swedish release from 2016 and benefits from a cleaner mix to produce some of the catchiest rock ’n’ roll to come out of Sweden. The record holds 13 tracks filled with electric guitar and killer hooks and, although on some of these tracks you might think you’ve heard it all before, as a whole it’s a definite treat for anyone missing those pulsating ’70s Kiss / NY Dolls vibes!
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