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Saturday, 23 July 2011 17:52

It’s been a little more than a year since the Favors unleashed their sleaze-metal/cock-rock self-titled debut EP on Break-Up! Records. Since that release, the band has been an unrelenting ball of leather-clad tattooed energy, playing shows at a frantic pace and working on a follow-up

This Friday night, April 16, Long Live the Nubiles, the Favors’ first full-length CD, will be made available at the band’s release party at PromoWest Pavilion. The bill also features local heavyweights Black Mountain Creeper, Hex on Wheels and B.A. Baracus.

The Favors returned to Workbook Studios to record with Jon Chinn, and the final output is a ferocious platter of glam-punk rock that could easily be mistaken for the new Velvet Revolver (Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots fronting Guns N’ Roses) or Guns N’ Roses (Axl Rose fronting a makeshift band of session musicians) albums. There are headbanging hits aplenty to be found among the 11 songs, most notably the magnified power-pop of “Balance” and the anthemic “Spin Out,” which sounds like something from Pretty Boy Floyd’s Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz. Fan favorites such as “Shaker Queen,” “Penicillin,” and “Rock Slut” (“An ode to backstage Bettys everywhere,” says Favors guitarist JD Dallas) also show up on the CD.

Dallas, a veteran of such High Street legends as Dogrocket and the Media Whores, is quick to point out that the band isn’t consciously trying to recycle anything from the Sunset Strip metal scene of the early ’90s.

“In the ’80s I watched a lot of MTV, but my favorite bands then were the Knack, Cheap Trick, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements,” Dallas says. “I suppose one can’t help but be influenced by the era one grew up in. It’s about the eyeliner, isn’t it?”

Noticeably different about the Favors in 2004 is the line-up: Original band members Dallas, singer Shannon Malone and bassist Steve Patrick have replaced drummer Larz Raymond (now playing with Hex on Wheels) with Matt Cross (ex-Uncle Knuckelfuck) and have added a second guitarist, Ken Didion (formerly of the Baxters), who will be making his Favors debut at the CD release party.

As a five-piece, the Favors promise to be an unstoppable rock machine.

“I see a trend toward some harder-rocking, two-guitar bands coming back into vogue,” Dallas says. “There’s no big record deal out there for us. We enjoy what we do, and we’re just some guys who will probably play for a while until we can no longer act younger than we are.”

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