If you’ve been following my blog, you will recognise the name of Tango Pirates from my October 2012 review of their gig at The Unicorn in Camden. As I mentioned on that very post, the band’s musical credentials are impressive and do not disappoint. The names of Danny Fury, Dave Tregunna and Timo Kaltio will strike a chord with music lovers familiar with bands such as Lords of the New Church, Kill City Dragons, Sham69, Vain, and Cheap and Nasty amongst many others. If you’ve not seen them live, ‘ Back on Track’ is a great way to introduce you to the band.
The EP gets to a rocking start, with ‘Monster in my DNA’, an outstanding track with a memorable guitar riff, funky bass line and meaningful lyrics. Front man Danny Fury has a perfect rock’n’roll voice, raw, powerful and tinged with emotion. The song has an anthemic hook that will get stuck in your head, and for a good reason, this is a perfectly crafted rock song.
‘Legends of the Free’ holds on to the electrifying energy from DNA, and blasts ahead in epic proportions from start to finish. It has a touch of gothic rock with a modern twist, keeping the song grounded in the present, and features hypnotic background vocals with a psychedelic Eastern feel to them, an explosive guitar solo by guitarist Timo Kaltio and great witty lyrics.
The pace slows down for the beautifully mellow ‘Lament to the Moon’ a gorgeous song, with heartfelt touching lyrics and bluesy guitar licks, which highlight the band’s vast range of influences and talent.
‘Ghost’ is another excellent track with powerful lyrics. Do not let the funky bluesy mellow feel of it fool you, for it also features another great sing-along hook and a catchy rock riff transition.
Last but not least, ‘Deed is Done’ is a great song with a soulful intro which soon picks up speed, turning into another anthemic rock track with a strong chorus that will leave you wanting more. It’s a perfect finishing touch on a brilliant EP full of heartfelt and passionate songs.
‘Back on Track’ is not only an excellent introduction to a band that deserves to reach a larger audience out there, but also proves, without a shadow of a doubt, that Danny Fury belongs at the front of the stage, much like another well-known drummer turned frontman by the name of Dave Grohl.
Tango Pirates are:
Danny Fury – Vocals
Timo Kaltio – Guitar
Dave Tregunna – Guitar / Backing Vocals
Vera Wild – Bass / Backing Vocals
Steve Grainger – Drums / Backing Vocals
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To give you a taste, here’s the outstanding ‘Legends of the Free’