Wichita - 2004 - 31 minutes

As an ever-shrinking world waits to see if Axl Rose ever releases another album, it's heartening to find that his former employees are keeping busy. Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum have teamed up with Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver while guitarist Gilby Clarke has taken a more rough and ready route and produced the debut of Los Angeles band The Bronx.

We've been here before, most recently with At the Drive-In and before that with many others, all the way back to Black Flag, yet in 31 minutes the quartet kick up a better ruckus than many recently name-dropped for greatness. This is an album that survives through its energy more than memorable songs and Clarke deserves credit for making the mayhem as live-sounding as possible.

But the goodwill surrounding The Bronx right now will be as short as some of these songs if they try to make this record again - the challenge now is to add light and shade to speed.

And somehow you know it won't take as long as Axl to find out if they're up to it.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Heart Attack American - False Alarm - White Tar - Cobra Lucha - They Will Kill Us (Without Mercy) - I Got Chills - Gun Without Bullets - Notice of Eviction - Kill My Friends - Strobelife - Los Angeles