Review: Little Caesar – Eight

Golden Robot (March 16 2018)

Reviewer: Grant Foster

Right. Let’s get this out of the way first up.

There is absolutely no way that a band of this age, should be writing material this good. They sound like a band a couple of albums into their career. It’s fresh, groovy, soulful, rocking and makes you wanna dance, shout and sing.

Now I could just submit that to my editor, but I’d probably get my P45 before I got to press the ‘send’ button, so allow me to flesh it out a little.

Little Caesar, if you weren’t aware have been around since 1987, playing rock and roll with a subtle difference. That being their injection of soul and cool on the music we all know and love. A classic example being their take on ‘Chain Of Fools.’

But here they are still insisting on flying over to Europe to play in bars, clubs, dives, you name it, because, like a lot of bands these days, they still love what they do. But, not only that, LC are still releasing albums that count and have something to say in the musical landscape. F**k it that they might not be shifting multi platinum status. They want this. Badly.

Which brings me back to this fine opus.

’21 Again’ opens proceedings all muscle and menace and it feels like the band are 21. Again. The LC hook chorus rears it’s head straight away to reel you in.

Mama Tried’ ups the ante further, but always in a soulful, musical way. These guys have the tools to rock hard, but always with that soulful sing a long a swagger.

Have I mentioned Ron Young yet? A unique voice in rock for me. Part Bon Scott, part Aretha, all class. He hasn’t lost it and thank god for that.

Vegas’ has a classic hook – ‘too stoopid for New York, too ugly for Hollywood.’ And these boys should know!

Velvet’ has been in their live set for some time now. It’s a groover, lyrically evoking the ladies who refused to acknowledge that the days of the Sunset Strip were far behind them. You get the feeling that this is a personal tale.

Nobody loves a good time more than me and the guitar riff that opens ‘Good Times’ has it in spades. ‘Those are the days that we won’t let fade away’. Absolutely.

It wouldn’t be a LC album without a soulful lament and ‘Time Enough For That’ provides it. The guitar picking is subtle, yet highlights and accompanies Ron’s vocal. Sublime. They really do write this type of song that can reduce a hard man to rubble.

Straight Shooter’ is a hard edge rocker. It asks the question, ‘Is there anyone out there, that’ll look you right in the eye?’ No BS, just like this tune.

Another Fine Mess’. Nope, it’s not a homage to Laurel and Hardy (!), but a fine romp in the style of the Faces / Bachman Turner Overdrive type bar room brawling. All honk with an earworm of a chorus that won’t leave you alone.

Morning’ brings to mind an old roadie I used to work with. He used to walk off into the sunrise after an all night party, leather jacket slung over his shoulder, into the morning glow. ‘I can’t wait for the morning ’………yep Red would have loved this laid back sunshine of a song.

That’s Alright’ closes the album proper and it’s a little left field. A hint of Cheap Trick, a hint of Foo Fighters mixed with LC.

Two bonus tracks – ‘Mixed Signs’, a more laid back Louisiana sounding tune as Ron laments a woman who he can’t read properly. Ahem! Then a modern take on ‘Slow Ride’, a tune that initially appeared on the Influence album. However the boys play it, it’s still class.

Eight – I’d give it a 9 actually. Go get it.

 

 

US rock n roll survivors, Little Caesar have signed a global deal with Golden Robot Records for the release of their new album ‘Eight‘ in March.

Little Caesar fuse no-nonsense hard rock that harks back to 70’s giants such as Bad Company and Humble Pie with an aching ZZ Top groove and overlay it with classic R&B melodies to produce some mighty fine straight up good time rock and roll!

Eight‘ is the band’s first studio album in six years and lead single ‘Time Enough For That‘ is a reflective, semi power ballad that is a total lighters (or phones) in the air AOR smash! With his raspy, soulful vocals, main-man Ron Young, leaves his heart on his heavily tattooed sleeve while the emotive, crying guitar solos build the song into an instantly familiar yet classic track. FM radio slickness with bar band grit, Little Caesar in 2018 is exactly what’s missing in contemporary rock music.

Little Caesar is excited about joining the ever-growing Golden Robot Records family. We are IN great company WITH a great company. Being based in Australia, which has given birth to some of the greatest Rock N Roll bands, makes us excited to be part of their Worldwide expansion. We see great things in 2018 for us and everyone that we share our music with at our new home.” – Ron Young, Little Caesar

With Golden Robot Records currently expanding its artist roster to include bands based in the USA, Canada and Europe, when I met Ron Young in LA last year, and having been a fan of Little Caesar for many years, I knew that they would fit perfectly into the growing GRR family.  Little Caesar being one of our first global international signings is exciting for myself and the label.”
Mark Alexander-Erber, President & Founder, Golden Robot Global Entertainment

Pre-orders for ‘Eight‘ commence 5 Feb, out 16 March

Upcoming UK tour dates:

21st Feb – Underworld Camden, London
22nd Feb – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
24th Feb – Corporation, Sheffield
25th Feb – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
27th Feb – Robin 2, Bilston
1st March – The Octagon, Keighley
2nd March – Iron Road, Evesham
3rd March – Yardbirds, Grimsby
4th March – The Cathouse, Glasgow
7th March – Bannermans, Edinburgh
8th March – Academy 3, Manchester
9th March – Live Rooms, Chester
10th March – Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli

ABOUT LITTLE CAESAR
Bursting onto the LA scene in 1987, big things seemed inevitable for a band who had the winning combination of being managed by Jimmy Iovine, A&R’d by John Kalodner and produced by the one and only Bob Rock.

Their unique blend of soulful, yet ballsy hard rock was a perfect reflection of the musical climate that spawned them. They first appeared on the 1989 Metal Blade ‘Street Survivors‘ compilation which lead to them signing with DGC Records under Geffen. However, within weeks of the release of their self-titled 1990 debut, their label was sold. In the mix-up all their records were lost in transit to the new distributors and the bean counters anvil came down on a band who were just getting going. Such is the rough and tumble music business.

Never to let a thing like a label shuffle get in their way, the band hit the road off the success of their cover of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain of Fools‘ and toured with bands as varied as Jane’s Addiction, Kiss, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Social Distortion and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They also headlined their own tours across America and scored heavy rotation on MTV.

In 1992 they released their second album, ‘Influence‘, and toured Europe for the first time. The tour drew rave reviews and they sold out the famous Marquee Club in London.

That same year Ron Young appeared in Terminator 2 as a tough talking biker that gets into a fight (and inevitably is thrown out of a window) by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Just as they got going again, like so many hard rock bands, they were stopped in their tracks by the grunge wave and ultimately disbanded for over a decade, re-emerging in 2001 for a string of high profile shows at the House of Blues, the California Speedway for NASCAR, and the Rock The Bayou Festival in Houston TX.

The band went quiet again, until 2009 when they released their fourth album Redemption and returned to Europe and the UK. In 2012 they released ‘American Dream‘ and performed at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales that December.

They returned once again to Europe in 2013 appearing at The Download Festival alongside such acts as Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Rival Sons, and Queens Of The Stone Age, and in 2016 released the double live album ‘Brutally Honest‘.

In 2017, the band returned to the UK and Europe, toured the US, and entered the studio with Bruce Witkin to produce their Golden Robot Records debut.
 
Website

Facebook

Brutally Honest

L.A. hard rock and blues 5 piece Little Caesar have announced they’ll release a double live album next month. ‘Brutally Honest: Live From Holland‘ will launch on 6th May 6 via Unison. It was recorded at Muziekcentrum De Bosuil, Weert, Netherlands on 20th June last year.

The band say of the record: It captures a moment in time where our adoration for the power of music, with all its subtle imperfections, combined with a welcoming audience, create an experience that will never occur again. We hope you enjoy it and we hope to get to enjoy a similar exchange with you – in person – so that we can get to make great music with you all. Without you, your love of music and your support of Little Caesar, we would never get the gift of that cherished exchange.”

Brutally Honest: Live From Holland‘ is available for pre-order, while the band will head out on tour this May across Europe.

Tour Dates:

May 06: Oostende Bada Bing, Belgium

May 07: Arras Blue Devil, France

May 08: Beerse Beatnik, Belgium

May 09: Hamburg Hafenklang, Germany

May 11: Bordesholm Albatros, Germany

May 12: Bremen Meisenfrei, Germany

May 13: Munich Garage Deluxe, Germany

May 14: Lichtenfels Paunchy Cats, Germany

May 15: Krefeld Kulturrampe, Germany (SOLD OUT)

May 16: Frankfurt Nachtelben, Germany

May 17: Verviers Spirit of 66, Belgium

May 19: Bilbao Antzokia, Spain

May 20: A Coruna Mardi Gras, Spain

May 21: Cangas Salason, Spain

May 22: Leon Gran Cafe, Spain

May 24: Madrid La Boite, Spain

May 25: Valencia Paberse Matao, Spain

Lineup:

Ron Young – Vocals

Pharaoh Barrett – Bass, Vocals

Alex Kane – Guitar, Vocals

Loren Molinare – Guitar, Vocals

Tom Morris – Drums

Little Caeser

Official Website

Facebook