Review - The Art of Rolling

Artist: The Blue Van

What, Danish rock? Aren't the Danes known for landscape architecture and funny hats? Who said they could handle American rock & roll? The Blue Van is intent on replicating the mad lust of yesterday's rock gods, and the Danish band's galvanic charge recalls the Small Faces, MC5, Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones and, gulp, "Radar Love." The Blue Van don't so much play songs as bash their instruments silly while tumbling over cliffs and smashing their faces in punch-drunk reverie. In a rhythm section that seems ready to implode at any moment, drums get slashed and a Hammond B-3 convulses and shakes, while guitars simply try to steer clear. It's rock & roll as nostalgic death ride, Bo Diddley jamming with Elvis in a blitzkrieg of late-night jam sessions. Messy and mighty, The Blue Van is this week's greatest rock band.

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