So the album is out, the shows happened and it is time for people to say their opinions:
Rolling Stone magazine, Germany
John Andrews guitarist in Botanica, Nena, and Peter Murphy, takes a plate with large-scale rock music between Wave and Beatles harmony. Dark ballads and vigorously pumping anthems, many guitars, but also good songs: A successful entry into solo work…..
The New Yorkers LOUDBOY started as the personal project of John Andrews who was joined by gifted musicians in order to release their self-titled, debut album. If it isn’t clear from the title of the opening song the LOUDBOY appear to have missed the Summer of Love of ’67 in San Francisco. They seem to have been influenced by the PROCOL HARUM, the 13 FLOOR ELEVATORS and the whole psychedelic rock scene of that era. That thing has some charm in its own right. The band moves with ease between the late 60’s and 70’s in order to make a time leap to a more modern Indie rock. In that course the song that stands out more is ‘Pretty Bleak’ featuring Peter Murphy from BAUHAUS. Unfortunately for the band this is the song that made me return on again and again. This doesn’t mean the rest of the CD is of questionable quality – actually it is a great voyage to some interesting styles – yet once you’ve been familiar with it, it doesn’t raise an eyebrow. And despite the fact that songs like ‘Underhill’ or ‘Mysterium’ need a relaxed mood to be appreciated as they should be. The “coolness” and the musicianship of the band and its members stand as a consignment for the future.
Skilfully between rock, pop, blues and psychedelic iridescent, the singer, songwriter and guitarist has to create 13-song gems that come up with profound lyrics.
He is accompanied by excellent musicians like the longtime keyboardist Derek Nena Von Krogh, (bass, keyboards) and Philip Palm (drums), the spouse of the wonder of Miss German New Wave.
As a guest singer alongside the German pop icon who knows how to refine the song “Hiding” by her singing, including former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy of the party.
Sparkling gems like with blues influences attendant opener “Rabbit & Turtle Take The City”, the one abducting in dark and mysterious realm “Pretty Bleak”, the catchy indie rock of “I Gain A gain,” the oriental colored “Underhill” the bristling with energy only as “Wonderful” and the already mentioned song pearl “Hiding” decorate it a debut, which moves at a constant high level.
Remains to be stated that the Americans the listener on his retro-inspired self-titled debut album, which was created and directed by Juergen Mueller at Pink Noise Studio (Aachen), with 13 songs to charm white. Incidentally, John Andrews in the next few days, the support for the upcoming contest Peter Murphy tour.
Daniela Vordran, www.reflectionsofdarkness.com
In the given 35 minutes, John Andrews, aka LOUDBOY presented songs out of his debut album wearing the same name. The Power-Pop he offered was all in all pretty calm, even though there were of course some faster songs presented as well. I want especially point out ‘Pretty Bleak’, a song originally recorded together with PETER MURPHY. This one really hit me. This band is definitely worth checking out! Seems the people in the hall who did not know him before were also impressed, giving him quite a lot applause. He was obviously overwhelmed by the people’s reaction.