The Rippers – Better The Devil You Know (Slovenly Records)
The self-professed bastard sons of early Rolling Stones and Pretty Things, Sardinian freak-beaten rock ‘n’ rollers, The Rippers latest LP, “Better The Devil You Know” speeds through eleven garage-encrusted numbers in a little over 30 minutes.
Featuring Ripper I: drums, Ripper II: bass, backing vocals, Ripper III: lead guitar and Ripper IV: vocals, harmonica and rhythm guitar, their sound mixes influences from garage rock, psychobilly, punk and early ‘60s English blues. Put together they produce a sonic mayhem that not only encompasses their aforementioned heroes but others too, including Them, Crazyhead, The Meteors and just about any band featured on the Nuggets record. Add to that a pop deliverance that suggests a similarity to The Hives, and their all too knowing trajectory will inevitably find fans enamoured with much of the above.