Cast your mind back to 1983: wearing seatbelts became compulsory in the UK, unemployment was at a record high, compact discs were launched, the pound coin entered circulation and 'Blackadder' first appeared on our TV screens, as did Breakfast TV.
1983 was also the year that 'Fast' Eddie Clarke and Pete Way, disgruntled with their own bands, formed Fastway. Although Pete wasn't able to continue with it due to a variety of reasons, 'Fast' Eddie Clarke forged ahead and their debut release, 'Fastway', saw chart success on both sides of the pond.
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Fast forward nearly three decades, and Fastway are back with their first studio album since the 1990 release, 'Bad Bad Girls'. The line-up has undergone some changes along the way and now sees Toby Jepson at the vocal helm and contributing bass duties, alongside Matt Eldrige on drums and, of course, 'Fast' Eddie on guitar.
From the first time I listened to the album, I was hooked. The Clarke/Jepson collaboration is superb and it's far enough removed from Toby's Little Angels era to please diehard Fastway fans, but still keep Toby's devotees happy, which leads me to think this will appeal to quite a wide audience. Toby's vocals are incredible and change throughout the album, even leading to him sounding a bit Miles Kennedy-esque during 'On and On'.
If you're a fan of classic rock, then there's no doubt that you will enjoy this album. It's a perfect blend of superb guitaring and powerhouse drumming, accompanied by vocals from one of the genre's finest. It's a mix of blues-rock, southern grooves and good old-fashioned rock'n'roll, performed by three very talented individuals. What more could you possibly ask for?
'Eat Dog Eat' will be released through Steamhammer/SPV on 11th November in Germany and 14th November across the rest of Europe.