The Captains of Industry
Release date: January 11, 2006

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If there was ever an award for the world’s hardest working band then surely The Sound Explosion would be up there at the front to seize the prize. After a year on the road with the likes of The Glitterati, The Mooney Suzuki, and Do Me Bad Things, as well as the mouth-watering triple header with fellow hot prospects, The Tokyo Dragons and The Answer, the bands profile has risen immeasurably with some quarters proclaiming them the successors to the crown up for grabs following the lengthy sabbatical by Guns ‘n’ Roses.

Hailing from Newcastle in England, the Geordie four-piece, comprised of Kit Endean (guitar & vocals), Glen Roughead (guitar & vocals), Euan MacFarlane (bass guitar), and Stevey Gibson (drums), spit and snarl their way through three snotty, grimy, street anthems on this incendiary 3-track EP. This is garage music, real garage music … the sort played by a bunch of mates in their parents’ garage … the sort that really, REALLY annoys the neighbours … it’s rough, it’s raw and it ROCKS! The 3 R’s of music in one neat little package!!

“Apollo,” with its pumping, fist-in-the-air, “couldn’t give a shit attitude” kicks things off histrionically, but just as things get steamy, the pace drops and there’s a laid back mid-section of melodious picking, and just when you think things are getting a little chilled, The Sound Explosion burst back with a swift uppercut.

“Let It Turn Inside Itself” twists and turns, weaving through a myriad of Punk-fueled emotions, rising to a climatic triumph as Endean and Roughhead make those guitars scream with delight.

“Stone Throw,” with its ever-so-funky intro sees the Rock ‘n’ Roll riff count rising to 10 and beyond, powered along by Gibson in his finest Keith Moon mode. Stirring stuff indeed!!! So there you have it, three nuggets, each less than 3 minutes long, played as it should be, no messing about, just heads down/balls to the wall Rock ‘n’ Roll. Either they will be the next big thing or they’ll explode in a sweaty haze trying. Catch them while you can!!


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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