Review: Shotgun – ‘Live Down Decadencia Drive’
Reviewer: David Mark Pearce
Originally named Kingpin, the band relocated from their native Sweden to Hollywood, changed their name to Shotgun Messiah and re-recorded their debut self-titled album in 1989.
Frontman, Zinny Zan, left less than a year later. Now, I could go on about the rest of the band’s career but there would be little point as this album is a live representation of their highly impressive debut.
Fast forwarding to 2012, Zinny reunited with drummer Stixx to reform the band. However, as original bassist Tim Skold and guitarist Harry H Cody are not part of the reunion, they simply called themselves Shotgun to represent the 50% of the band. To fill the shoes of those not present, in came Chris Laney on bass and backing vocals and the magnificent Rob Marcello on guitar.
So, here we have the superb ‘Live Down Decadencia Drive‘ some twenty-five years later and we are able to hear the debut album done some serious justice. This was the reunion tour and a last opportunity for die-hard fans to hear the band play live and to eventually own their copy on CD.
So how good is it?
Bloody excellent, is how good. I guess when most bands play an album live, they do it in track by track order, but Shotgun have decided to mix it all up. Why, I don’t know, but who cares. We start off with ‘Squeezin Teazin‘, a great song leading nicely into “I’m Your Love”, which is faster paced – but, that’s cool, as it lifts you nicely. In fact, the pace of the album is great. Once you’re up from song one, you stay up for the entire album.
Other songs on offer are ‘Dirt Talk‘, ‘Nervous‘ and ‘Shout It Out‘ to name a few and they save the best til last with the massive song ‘Don’t Care Bout Nothin‘ which, for me, was the stand out song on the debut album. The only songs missing from that album are ‘The Explorer‘ which was a Harry Cody instrumental and ‘Spar 10‘.
As I said, twenty-five years have gone by and Zinny’s voice isn’t as high as it once was but, instead, he sounds great in a lower register. Besides, when you have a great back up singer, Chris Laney, to take care of the high stuff, then all vocal angles are more than covered.
To recap, we’ve got Zinny on vocals, the pounding rhythm of Stixx on drums, underpinned by Chris on bass and backing vocals. So, that leaves someone to fill the very large shoes of the original guitarist, Harry Cody. And, who better than Rob Marcello of Danger Danger, Laney’s Legion and, now, The Defiants to take up the mantle? I couldn’t think of a better fit, as Rob just rips on this album.
All in all, this is a superbly performed high-energy sleazy ass rock record. If you want to go back to where you left ‘Bop City‘, then go and buy this excellent album and you’ll be right there.