A new review for King Boy Vandals in Northern Echo

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Mick Burgess  wrote this review for the Northern Echo.

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 He’s made his name as a fashion designer working with the likes of David Bowie but inside every designer there’s a Rock ‘n’ Roller waiting to get out and Keanan Duffty is doing just that with his project, Slinky Vagabond. His latest release, King Boy Vandalsfeatures an array of guests including Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses), Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) and Midge Ure (Rich Kids/Ultravox) drawing on a wide range of influences from Hard Rock, New Wave to Punky Rock ‘n’ Roll. Mick Burgess called him up to chat about the album and how a boy from Doncaster ended up rubbing shoulders with the stars in New York.

You’ve just released a new album, King Boy Vandals. How has the reaction been so far?

We’re really proud of the record and we’ve had some really good reviews and feedback for it. The tough thing though, is promoting it without live shows so that has been a challenge. We have it on vinyl and CD as well as download and streaming and so far so good, people seem to really like it. We just want to get it out and get it heard by as many people as possible. It was great fun to make this record and gave me a sense of focus particularly in this last 18 months. It was something really positive to look at.

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King Boy Vandals

A collaboration between British singer/songwriter Keanan Duffty and Italian musician/producer Fabio Fabbri, Slinky Vagabond's second album is a wonderful throwback to '70s glam, '80s post-punk, and ‘90s electronic-laced alt-rock with a New York-London sensibility (Duffty, who is best known as a fashion designer, lived through those eras with first-hand experience). Featuring a cast of veteran guest players such as Midge Ure, Richard Fortus and Tony Bowers, King Boy Vandals balances both retro and contemporary sounds in the form of rockers (“Prima Donna,” “Old Boy”) and ballads (“The Beauty in You”).

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 An outfit spearheaded by the fashion designer, author and musician Keanan Duffty and the Italian guitarist, songwriter and producer Fabio Fabbri, King Boy Vandals sees the pair taking help from current and former members of Visage, Magazine, Guns N’ Roses, David Bowie and Simply Red for this often sturdy listen that takes influence from punk and alt-rock.

“Prima Donna” starts the listen with a thick and buzzing display of gritty yet melodic alt-rock that somehow sounds indebted to the ‘90s while also being modern, and “Fear No Evil” follows with a some prog-rock ideas entering the thumping and groove friendly climate that was actually a demo Duffty wrote for Velvet Revolver.

Further along, “Falling Down” is a quieter offering of post-punk like dreaminess amid angular guitar work and a very crisp rhythm section that features Tony Bowers on bass, while “Euphoria” takes a bigger step in prog territory alongside some ‘80s appeal and David Torn’s guitar prowess. “English Country Garden” then certainly points towards the band’s British influences, where Richard Fortus’ hard rock tendencies add much to the energetic landscape.

Deeper yet, “Rocking Into An Explosion” swirls with both grit and tunefulness, as soaring vocals and spirited guitars complement the spacey ideas, and “The Beauty In You” exits the listen with a warm acoustic tune, where a poetic delivery and cozy strumming alongside gentle piano and stirring strings make just as much an impact as the louder tracks.

An album that was primarily recorded live, Duffty and Fabbri certainly know how to navigate a muscular rock tune you won’t soon forget, and the many players and vast influences makes for a listening experience that will be enjoyed by those with interests as wide as David Bowie, The Psychedelic Furs or even Buzzcocks.

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Slinky Vagabond – King Boy Vandals: Album Review


A genuine genre tester of a set from Slinky Vagabond and friends.

Release Date: 6th December 2021

Label: Independent 

Format: Digital / CD

Too young to live and much too fast to die,” sing the pair of Slinky Vagabonds, Keanan Duffty and Fabio Fabbri (ably assisted by Midge Ure) on Prima Donna, the strident opening cut on King Boy Vandals.

It’s a bold philosophy from the Glam-Art Rockers who’ve found that the lockdown proved “a good time to rope in some of our buddies who might have some time on their hands.” Keanan must have quite some little black book with the likes of EarlSlick, Clem Burke and Glen Matlock in early incarnations of the band and a lifetime of collaborations in different forms whose names are etched deep in the annals of music history.

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