Speedealer is a veteran punk/metal band formed in 1992. Their newest release is Blue Days Black Nights, and it has all the power, energy, and attitude of their earlier work. What we get here are ten tracks that range from speedy punk to bruising metal, in no particular order.
It has been a good long while since the band has released new studio music (about 15 years), so this is a treat. The songs were written a few years back and the band has been performing them live. It is good to get them down in the studio and have a permanent way for fans to hear them.
The album starts with “Never New,” a fast, brutal screamer that puts Lemmy in your mind. A minute and a half later is “Rheumatism,” which sounds like single as it is catchy hard rock with a singable chorus. Then track three (“War Nicht Genug”) shifts gears to a sort of melodic stadium tune before the next one, “Nothing Left to Say,” delivers a punch like Pantera. It is a bit of a roller coaster, but it all makes sense in your head when these songs roll out in order – even the punk songs, and the unlikely titular instrumental that closes the album. You have to hear it to believe.
The current touring lineup includes early members Eric Schmidt on guitar and Harden Harrison on drums. Ricky Pearson (The Buck Pets) is handling the bass and Daniel Barron (The Swingin’ Dicks) tells us the stories on vocals. The band does not have any upcoming dates listed on their website right now, but if you can catch them on the road, you will definitely have a good time. Meanwhile, check out Blue Days Black Nights. It is a great weekend banger.