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De La Rocka - Self Titled.

Released July 2023 on BadBilly Records Reviewed by Kate, 21st August 2023.

Panu De Ła Rocka - guitar / vocals Marv Undead - upright bass Von Chippendale - drums / percussion

Dax Dragster - vocals / lead guitar on ‘Planet Psycho’ Titch - vocals on ‘Beer, Blood, Rock n Roll’ / backing vocals on ‘Little Green Men’ El Nico - Theremin on ‘Little Green Men’

What happens when a Finnish metalhead turns his hand to solo psychobilly? You get arguably the most exciting heavy EP of the year to date. Released in a limited edition at this year’s Psychobilly Meeting in Pineda Del Mar, it’s a hurricane through the eighties-dominated psychobilly scene. The former Graveyard Bashers guitarist has turned his hand to punkabilly, and with the help from his friends in Klingonz and Godless Wicked Creeps, the result is a distilled wrecking pit in EP form.

Little Green Men (feat Titch) - if you love B-movies about alien invasions and bellowed punk vocals, then this is going to be your new favourite song. Unnerving sound effects underscore the intensity of the slap-bass in this figurehead number, plus added Klingonz vibes from Titch? Yes please.

Hellfire Club - Fortunately nothing to do with Stranger Things and everything to do with Demented Are Go if they partnered with AFI (before Davey Havoc and co went soft). We get to enjoy killer guitar and unrelenting shotgun vocals in this devilish track.

Planet Psycho (feat. Dax Dragster) - It’s not all about shock with De La Rocka. On the slower numbers we get a richer experience: think Nekromantix with more class. De La Rocka is capable of gorgeous vocals when he isn’t spitting fire and with such a powerful solo, you can’t help but get excited for his upcoming full length release.

Beer, Blood, Rock n Roll (feat Titch) - My favourite song on the EP. It’s the best psychobilly song Lars Frederiksen never wrote, all street punk aggression and glory. The drumming combined with the shout-along vengeance send you straight to the front of the pit to work the adrenaline rush out of your system.

Sex-Crazed Maniac - Definite Dead Bollox energy permeates this creepy number, complete with evil laughter and chunky punk chords. There’s such a huge sound on this EP that’s destined to light up European festivals next year.

Out Of This World (feat Dax Dragster) - With echoes of Tiger Army in the guitar, there’s magic in the chanting choruses and endless fun to be had with that level of slap bass. It’s a catchy, alien anthem waiting to happen.

Remember the name ‘De La Rocka’: you’ll be seeing it a lot over the next year. With his full length debut coming up, De La Rocka’s brand of intense, invigorating euro-psycho is perfect for festival season. This EP blows away any stale preconceptions of the psychobilly scene and it’s one heck of a ride through quality, heavy tunes.

For more awesome psychobilly reviews, check out www.slapthatbass.online! - Self Titled Released July 2023 on BadBilly Records Reviewed by Kate, 21st August 2023.

Panu De Ła Rocka - guitar / vocals Marv Undead - upright bass Von Chippendale - drums / percussion

Dax Dragster - vocals / lead guitar on ‘Planet Psycho’ Titch - vocals on ‘Beer, Blood, Rock n Roll’ / backing vocals on ‘Little Green Men’ El Nico - Theremin on ‘Little Green Men’

What happens when a Finnish metalhead turns his hand to solo psychobilly? You get arguably the most exciting heavy EP of the year to date. Released in a limited edition at this year’s Psychobilly Meeting in Pineda Del Mar, it’s a hurricane through the eighties-dominated psychobilly scene. The former Graveyard Bashers guitarist has turned his hand to punkabilly, and with the help from his friends in Klingonz and Godless Wicked Creeps, the result is a distilled wrecking pit in EP form.

Little Green Men (feat Titch) - if you love B-movies about alien invasions and bellowed punk vocals, then this is going to be your new favourite song. Unnerving sound effects underscore the intensity of the slap-bass in this figurehead number, plus added Klingonz vibes from Titch? Yes please.

Hellfire Club - Fortunately nothing to do with Stranger Things and everything to do with Demented Are Go if they partnered with AFI (before Davey Havoc and co went soft). We get to enjoy killer guitar and unrelenting shotgun vocals in this devilish track.

Planet Psycho (feat. Dax Dragster) - It’s not all about shock with De La Rocka. On the slower numbers we get a richer experience: think Nekromantix with more class. De La Rocka is capable of gorgeous vocals when he isn’t spitting fire and with such a powerful solo, you can’t help but get excited for his upcoming full length release.

Beer, Blood, Rock n Roll (feat Titch) - My favourite song on the EP. It’s the best psychobilly song Lars Frederiksen never wrote, all street punk aggression and glory. The drumming combined with the shout-along vengeance send you straight to the front of the pit to work the adrenaline rush out of your system.

Sex-Crazed Maniac - Definite Dead Bollox energy permeates this creepy number, complete with evil laughter and chunky punk chords. There’s such a huge sound on this EP that’s destined to light up European festivals next year.

Out Of This World (feat Dax Dragster) - With echoes of Tiger Army in the guitar, there’s magic in the chanting choruses and endless fun to be had with that level of slap bass. It’s a catchy, alien anthem waiting to happen.

Remember the name ‘De La Rocka’: you’ll be seeing it a lot over the next year. With his full length debut coming up, De La Rocka’s brand of intense, invigorating euro-psycho is perfect for festival season. This EP blows away any stale preconceptions of the psychobilly scene and it’s one heck of a ride through quality, heavy tunes.



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