Reviewed! Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound - 'Band Aids on Bullet Holes'

Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound
‘Band Aids on Bullet Holes’
Metropolis Records

No, this isn’t a new Romeo Void album, its Roxy Epoxy’s new album with her band the Rebound. ‘Band Aids on Bullet Holes’ is an album that would have been a better fit for the mid-1980’s, but we all know history is doomed to repeat itself, right? This band is literally one keytar and drum machine short of a full blown eighties revival.

If you need concrete evidence that Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound are licensed practitioners of 80’s era pop euphoria, then look no further than ‘1000’ and ‘Svengali.’ The drums work to keep the pace of the record quickened while Roxy’s vocals take hold and do the rest. The subtleties of ‘Band Aids on Bullet Holes’ are what sell the effort; from the touches of atmospherics and punk rock snarl, right down to the waves of synth and glam.

For being an upbeat straight ahead pop effort, you would think that the hooks would leave a more lasting impression, but not much of ‘Band Aids on Bullet Holes’ leaves a strong impact after you hit the stop button. Don’t take that the wrong way though; there are quality hooks (‘Watch Me,’ ‘Dependance Leads Your Fortune’) on this disc. Hell, Roxy Epoxy even shows flashes of Siouxsie and the Banshees at times. But, although this record is sonically powerful, it is meagerly diverse in sound.