SLAP BETTY – Nothing Out of Nothing
Much like metal, the spirit and spunk of punk rock will never die. There will always be a reason for rebellion, and proclaiming it loudly through volume – much like Finland’s Slap Betty accurately deliver on their new album "Nothing Out of Nothing". This is gutter punk with a sleaze/glam feel, as if taking Social Distortion into the world of Hardcore Superstar or Backyard Babies. Sing a long aspects come into play for the choruses, occasional lead breaks serve up more of a metal sheen (check out "High Class Hooker" in this regard), while the whiskey soaked main vocals keep the proceedings very blue collar.
Occasionally venturing into politics for lyrical topics (especially on opener "World We Leave Behind", dedicated to former Prime Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb), there is of course the alternate side of material to just let loose and have fun, as "Time to Get Wasted" delivers. Slap Betty won’t throw down excessive intricacies – three to four chords will do well, slightly bluesy in nature but high energy is the name of the game in these 10 tracks.
For my first take on the group, I’d say the results are fairly positive. Plug in and play ethics, stripped down musicianship, it’s the primal experience that Slap Betty executes to a tee. "Nothing Out of Nothing" is an interesting album title, as the honesty fuels their music and can cross over to a wide selection of heavy metal and punk/sleaze rock fans.