It was mentioned to me by Mags the other week that I haven’t done an album review in almost two months now. Well that changes today with my look at Club Dragon by Hightower, a Rock Punk infusion out of France. I really enjoyed this record, it took me back to the mid noughties with its sound, making me reminiscent of bands and songs I’d hadn’t thought of in years.
Released on the 15th of September, Club Dragon completely caught me off guard since I have a general distrust of genres with the word ‘Punk’ in them these days (nothing like the original stuff).
Club Dragon starts off with ‘Numero Uno’ which itself begins with an awesome acoustic intro before picking up the tempo into a great head nodding opener. ‘Ernest’s Castle’ is one of the guilty parties that brings the nostalgia factor, for the life of me I can’t think of the tune it reminds me of, but at literally 56 seconds you don’t have long to figure it out.
‘Tournesol’ starts off with a mix of Alter Bridge and standard Punk style drumming that sounds pretty sweet and def shows off Romain's drums skills, on first listening I had hoped for a AB type track but wasn’t disappointed with the end result. I need to mention that while the band does hail from France they do sing in English and sound pretty bloody good too.
Hightower should be proud of themselves with Club Dragon, not only have they released a great album from top to bottom, but they’ve also reignited my appreciation for Punk and its infused music.
After the debacle that was Bad Vibrations I was ready to give up on the genre but Hightower can been seen as a perfect stepping stone back in. Congrats guys on a great album and look forward to seeing a live set in the UK sometime soon.