reviewed Portland, Oregon's Lexxi Vexx and The Modern Gentlemen, and I've been craving new material like mad ever since. This is definitely one of the most exciting new bands to come down the pike in recent years - a punk/rock n' roll powerhouse with an absolutely dynamite lead singer. While it still may be a while before we finally get a debut album from LV & TMG, the band has given us a nice little treat to tide us over through the cold months ahead. Snow Madness is sort of a Christmas record and sort of not. I prefer to think of it as a "winter record". After all, Christmas music isn't really useful past New Year's. Winter songs, on the other hand, remain relevant for 2-3 more months!
If you're not yet familiar with Lexxi Vexx and The Modern Gentlemen, think good old Pacific Northwest garage rock n' roll meets hard-charging '70s punk with strong, soulful vocals. Snow Madness features the title track plus covers of Murder City Devils' "364 Days", The Damned's "There Ain't No Sanity Clause", and Motorhead's "Rock & Roll". The latter selection was chosen due to Lemmy's birthday being on Christmas Eve. In the wake of his death, it becomes a wonderful tribute. The band did a great job of picking cover material that fits both the spirit of its music and the theme of the record. You hear this EP, and right away you know this is a band that would be a hell of a lot of fun to see live! All three covers are totally killer, and the original "Snow Madness" kicks things off in style. It's great straight-up rockin' punk that highlights both blazing guitars and Ms. Vexx's powerful pipes. If you're already a fan, Snow Madness is guaranteed to please. And if this is your first time hearing Lexxi Vexx and The Modern Gentlemen, check out the band's first EP as soon as possible!