FOREPLAY

KERRANG! ISSUE 145 April 1987

FOREPLAY: “Hot ‘N Heavy’ (Ace Records BT19872)

FOREPLAY MIGHT not have a clue when it comes to choosing album covers or indeed band names, but they sure as hell know a thing or two about old-fashioned RAW ‘N’ ROLL! ‘Hot ‘N Heavy’ is an enthralling six-track package of strut ‘n’ sleaze delivered with all the subtlety of a red-hot poker up the hooter.

Where do they come from? Kalifornia, of course – the breeding ground for wickedest trash-hem of the highest calibre.

Like Motley Crüe, Ratt and Poison before em, Foreplay take their musical and visual cue’s from the biggest baaadest of them all, the strangely not Kalifornian Aerosmith. Vocalist Val Grant (of the male genre) appears to be wearing Steve Tyler’s old hand-me-down threads (black ‘n’ skimpy) adopts the same lean ‘n’ mean stance. Guitarist Michael S Pierre (snigger) shares Joe Perry’s God-given talent for stringing together a few raw chords in (apparently) hapless fashion, ending up with some gloriously anarchic riffing. I feels good in ALL the right places!

Foreplay’s biggest weakness lies-in Grant’s vocals which are buried way too deep in the mix and tend to sound a touch, especially on the least interesting track, ‘Feels Like Love’, a wimpy attempt at AOR.

On the whole, the band show a great degree of promise, but it remains to be seen if they can make themselves heard above the clamour of all the Aero bands currently jostling for position in LA.

MAURA SUTTON

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