Runaways Reviewed

Great review of the Runaways album by Kim Salmon & Spencer P Jones in The Age on 15th February 2013.

Kim Salmon and Spencer P. Jones
Runaways
(Independent)

★★★★☆

DESPITE their common heritage, Kim Salmon and Spencer P. Jones are something of an odd coupling: Salmon, the intense, swamp-laden punk rocker waging a perennial war against the jive; Jones, the laconic troubadour exposing the ravages of his life to the world. After their successful run of shows in 2012 comes an album, Runaways. Of the original songs, A Bitter Projection is reminiscent of Salmon’s recordings with the Business in the late 1990s, while Jones’ The Monkey Has Gone is transformed into a dirty instrumental torch song. The suitably reverent covers of Chester Burnett’s I Asked For Water, the Stooges’ I Need Somebody, the Gun Club’s Jack On Fire and Alex Chilton’s Underclass place Salmon and Jones’ musical evolution within a historical context; the versions of Kanye West’s Run Away and Peggy Lee’s Is That All There Is? paint a vivid picture of lives given to rock’n’roll – ego, dishevelment, transvestites and all. These guys are genuine survivors, with plenty of class.

PATRICK EMERY

 

 

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