Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Switzerland is known as the land of mountains, stunning landscapes, clean air and some of the best chocolate in the world.
It is something that the hard rocking quartet Dax & Roxanne have seemingly eschewed for the glitz and grime of L.A.s Sunset Strip, turning their backs on crystal clear lakes and snow capped peaks.
Bringing a glorious mix of Motley Crue’s glam and the ferocious, heads down boogie of AC/DC, the quartet have captured a rough edged magic and in DROP they’ve turned their attentions to four wild and diverse covers that they’ve made their very own.
Going for the proto hard rock of Sammy Hagar’s ‘Heavy Metal’ first, they’re on safer ground but still manage to add an edge to the song that the Red Rocker didn’t quite get on the original recording, the insane solo and punchy attack hitting hard.
Covering the classic Stevie Wonder composition ‘Superstition’ takes huge balls but they manage to bypass any pitfalls here and turn out a version as lovable and joyous as Gun’s take on ‘Word Up’, the dirty funk and loud guitars a match made in Heaven.
Originally recorded by Florence & the Machine, ‘Delilah’ turns the fragile and skittering indie folk song into a planet conquering bruiser, building slowly until it tears your face off and the EP closes with Telephone’s ‘Argent Tromp Cher’ and ups the volume and an extra layer of polish under the dirt.
Four songs, four displays of bravado that show that Dax & Roxanne are more than capable of taking on the big boys at their own game. Sterling work by the boys and more exciting than climbing up the Eiger naked.