Label: Escapi Music
Release Date: 9/12/2006
Genre: Punk & Roll
Reading the press release for Kottak you find the band cited as being “Green Day meets Cheap Trick on a bad day”. I felt it was amusing but a bit much if you asked me but after a couple of quick listens it seems like that was the vibe that the group was aiming at. Founded by James Kottak (drummer for Kingdom Come and Scorpions) who now calls himself Jimmy Ratchitt and Tommy Lee’s sister Athena the group does have some catchy numbers on their Escapi Music debut “Therupy”. Power Punk is not as abrasive as its old school counterpart is and generally has a little more melody as opposed to chaos making it up and with songs like “Miss You” the band shows a contemporary Rock basis. It could easily be a radio hit if they played their cards right. The album opens up with a rousing rendition of Cindy Lauper’s “Money Changes everything” and while I never expected to find myself bopping to one of her tunes the folks in Kottak surely make you change your stance on that. Joining Jimmy and Athena are Dave Whiston (lead guitar), & Rev Jones (bass) and together it’s a solid quartet that deliver their brand of music with determination. Some of the more memorable numbers are “Ripped”, “Song That Wont go Away” and “Life Support” but I have to be honest that the rendition of the Scorpions classic “Holiday” was awful in my eyes. Overall the album is decent and if catchy, quirky riffs and lyrics get your attention then you might really like this one. Tommy’s Sister Athena is a rocking drummer and it was cool to see what else a drummer like Jimmy could do when stepping off the drum kit. Give it a listen or catch a show if they come to town. It seems like good live music and having seen Rev Jones with MSG know that he is a killer player on stage and fun to watch.
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