Ah man. A new King Salami album is always something to be celebrated. Do you dig trashy, primal rock ‘n’ roll as much as we do at RPM? Do you like your rhythm & blues to seriously kick some arse? And do you by chance like sausages? Well, you’re in the right place then, as this 8 legged groove machine straight outta Wurstville (that’s somewhere in London town to us normal folks!) pack clubs all over Europe and Asia with their energetic live shows.
‘Kiss My Ring’ is their fourth long player and the follow up to 2017’s ‘Going Back To Wurstville’, and with their ever-cool retro themed artwork and sonically seductive sound, it would make a mighty fine addition to your record collection.
The title track opens the album and sees the band blast back in fine form. “Get on your knees and kiss my ring!” is the vocal refrain the whole band shout over a primal burst of 50’s rock ‘n’ roll. Full of mad percussion and sax appeal, it comes on like a 50’s dancehall twist. Snappy beats, furious bass runs, choppy riffs and howlin’ vocalizin’, what’s not to like here?
It’s a veritable smorgasbord of influences, which is hardly surprising when the crazy cats that make up this four piece come from France, Spain, the Caribbean and Japan, yet reside in London town. Years of treading the boards of clubs and toilet venues throughout Europe, the world and even Peckham! Yes, this band has put in the hours and it shows in their music.
The choppy, Wilko Johnson inspired riffage of T Bone Sanchez cuts through the mustard and makes their mash up of The Sonics, The Rezillos and James Brown an exciting proposition indeed. Don’t let overly silly song titles such as ‘Oofti Goofti (Wild Man Of Borneo)’ and ‘ The Jellybutt Of Timbuktoo’ fool you, this band play harder and faster than most so called punk bands you see on the circuit these days and they are tighter than a duck’s arse!
Shake and twist to the likes of ‘Don’t Make Me Mad’ and try your best not to move to the groove as the King urges you to do ‘The Pulpo Dance’ in his unmistakable tones.
The band have never been afraid to bash out a few instrumentals and the likes of ‘Stormy’ and ‘Space Spy’ have enough going on musically to capture the imagination and get them old hips a moving! Dick Dale and Link Wray eat yer heart out!
With not a meat related lyric in sight (unless you take the title track the wrong way!) ‘Kiss My Ring’ is a vegan’s delight, lyrically more about… well, I don’t really know what they are on about most of the time, but I know they have the power to incite a riot in your pants and an itching feeling in yer old size nines.
Down and dirty garage rock, inspired by the best sounds from the 50’s and 60’s, King Salami And The Cumberland Three are the perfect party band and ‘Kiss My Ring’ captures their essence to perfection.
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Author: Ben Hughes