What ever happened to Fastway? Good question. The band that released one of my favorite sound-tracks of all time, for the cult classic movie Trick or Treat, has been absent from the scene for quite sometime. To get you up to speed, they broke up in the early 90's and reformed about 5 years ago, but this time with an all new line up. The only main stay in the band, of course, is former Motorhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke. For this latest incarnation of the band, Eddie is joined by former Little Angels vocalist Toby Jepsen and drummer Matt E. The band has just released their first album in over 20 years titled Eat Dog Eat. Let's see if they's still got it.
Eat Dog Eat is an 11 track platter of classic hard rock with a bluesy edge. The songs are basic hard rock, brought to life, by the soulful vocals of Jepsen. Jepsen really injects alot of soul into these tracks, which makes for an interesting listen. Check out the track Love I Need and you'll hear what I mean. I have to admit, I was worried when I heard original vocalist Dave King wasn't with the band when they re-united, but Jepsen has put those worries to rest (Not real familiar with the Lea Heart era). To be fair though, this is a totally different band. The songs are not as heavy as they were back in the day, and really lean harder on the bluesy angle, than that of heavy metal. A pretty solid release from start to end. Not all of the songs will kick your ass, but there are enough on this CD to keep you interested.
Bottom Line: Fastway resurfaces sounding older, while still remaining relevant. A CD full of melodic blues rockers, with more hits than misses.
Standout Tracks: Love I Need, Dead and Gone, On and On and Fade Out.
-Ragman says what he will.