Hot Rod Racin' Mama - Lucky 13
Raucous Records RAUCD 156

Lucky 13 have been rockin' American and European audiences for the last few years, including an appearance at the Viva Las Vegas Festival, and have picked up rave reviews and an enthusiastic band of followers along the way. They follow their debut release, the mini-album 'Visitors From Hail Bop', with this full-length outing, which includes a bonus video track. Lucky 13 play pounding all-out guitar driven Rock 'n' Roll mixed with darker, haunting compositions. The contrast in their material is, infact, very representative of the band itself. Guitarist Eddie looks mean & moody, like something from a 50s street gang, whilst Ani Romance - tall, blonde, sultry and undeniable sexy rips out some hot bass-lines. Eddie & Ani share the vocals - adding yet more contrasts in the bands sound.

I listen to this CD with a thought of what the !! In my opinion it's not rockabilly, I place it somewhere between "Garage meets Punk" with a little "Surf" tossed in for good measure. I notice that the publicity calls the music "Dark", well I think "Muddy" would be better used to describe most of these tracks. Lucky 13 may well be a good pub band but I feel they would need to balance the sound a little. I had problems hearing the words to several songs as they were being drowned out by the guitar and drum, but if that's how it's meant to sound, you'll probably love it.

As any first year Psych student can tell you, triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13 and in this case I am suffering a massive dose, I have heard true rockabilly and some real bad pretend rockabilly and now I'm all psyched out.

She's Mine / Purple Flames & The Lost Thirteen (Instrumental) / In The Mood For You / Alone / Take A Little Ride With Me / Get Sick / Too Much Trouble / Honey Moon / Hot Rod Racin' Mama / Tell Me / Liar / Sad Song / In The Bar

Lucky 13 are:
Ani Romance - Vocals & Bass
Ed Mind - Vocals & Guitar
Francis G. - Drums

Contact information:
Ed Mind
Ludwigsburger Str. 16
71732 Tamm
Phone: +49 7141 602085 

Raucous Records
7, St. Peters Place
Fleetwood, Lancashire
FY7 6EB England
Tel/fax: +44 1253 872227

Reviewed by CancerMan Mark, 2005