The westcoast pop genre can be silent for half a year sometimes, and that’s when it’s so nice to receive something new in the thirsting collection. And when there are MAXUS or PAGES vibes in some songs, it’s almost unbelievable!
I’m talking about the duo YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX, consisting of singer/player ANDY PLATTS and multi-instrumentalist SHAWN LEE. The former is from California USA and the latter is from London UK. They’ve got the sound right. They’ve got the arrangements and the vocals for it. This album is their follow-up to the debut “West end coast” from 2016, and they’ve taken a step up with this new album that is amazing.
Just hear “Love guarantee” where the singing of ANDY PLATTS sounds so much like MICHAEL SEMBELLO! You don’t hear something like that too often, since Sembello is one of the most gifted vocalist of all time. And the song brings some PAGES vibes as well!
A warm recommendation is “Underdog” with its lovely beat and horns. OK, the arrangement in the chorus is quite a rip-off of “Don’t blame it on the boogie” (THE JACKSONS) but I don’t mind.
“Mojo rising” is like a mix of 80’s AMERICA and GREG GUIDRY. Almost every tune is a gem here, with great craftmanship in arrangements and performances. When it comes to modern westcoast artists, these guys have a lot in common with STATE COWS in some songs but with a much, much better production. Try “Caroline” where all fans of STEVE KIPNER will be so happy. Or the awesome harmony vocals in “Just a man”!
Well, there are so many things to discover in the music of YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX. You need this lovely album! I got it on vinyl of course, but if you’re an “oldtimer of the modern world” you can buy it on CD or buy sound files. This is among the best in the westcoast genre in quite a while.