THE BLACK DAHLIAS: Ladies And Gentlemen EP
By Simon Sweetman
The Black Dahlias’ brand of metal-infused rock’n’roll reminds of when, nearly a decade ago now, the likes of The D4 and The Datsuns were really starting to make their mark. Opener Ready To Roll has rock-radio written all over it; it deserves to be a party anthem. And in fact all of the six songs on this brief (20 minute) EP feel that way. It’s a short, sharp, blast of punk and metal and retro bar-room rock. The band is road-tested and road-tight and this EP almost does them a disservice in that you instantly want it to be longer. That said, I applaud them for not pushing the form until they have the songs – they’ve, smartly selected their best and gone with it, leading the charge with the strong tunes. There are hooks here, post-punk influences too and the metal is at a minimum – it’s happy, catchy, energetic stuff.