‘Red Hotel’ is the debut album from vintage rock and rollers Kamp David. Based out of London and with an international line up they are very much inspired by the 80’s rock scene.
Pandering to the glam persona there is enough androgyny to shake an eye liner pencil at. Track three ‘I’m a Nice Girl’ is a tongue in cheek admission of transvestism and Track five ‘Get You Sue‘ is dedicated to the times and tribulations of Dan – a brick laying drag queen. The lyrical content of all the songs is interesting to say the least.
All the technical aspects throughout the album are good. The vocals are well delivered, the instrumental sparring is tight with a good mix of simple and more complex movements. The tempo throughout the album is all a bit slow and meandering, which doesn’t really fit with the style. There are a couple of catchy songs but none of them reach anthemic heights through the choruses.
It is plundering a rather outdated scene, which is rather static with a finite number of ‘accepted’ tracks. Even established acts struggle to much recognition for their recent work. Scene heavy weights such as Def Leppard and Kiss have struggled to shift new material and generally ignore new songs during their live shows. Establishing a new band with an aged sound may prove difficult, 80’s music fans can be a fickle bunch.
Despite being technically astute ‘Red Hotel’ doesn’t offer any stand out tracks. A tribute to a fallen scene but not a revival.
(Released on June 27 through Zube Records)