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Albums Of The Week: Sweet Justice | Redline EP

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Redline is the first release in over a decade from Los Angeles rock trio Sweet Justice, and the long-overdue followup to their critically acclaimed, self-titled 2004 debut. Featuring Frank Meyer (vocals, guitar), Bruce Duff (vocals, bass, guitar) and Mike Sessa (drums) of indie-punk vets The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Sweet Justice deliver consistently strong and pure modern blues rock that follows the stylistic paths of Gary Clarke Jr., Rival Sons and The Black Crowes.

Produced and written by Duff and Meyer, the Redline EP tackles a White Stripes-style stomp-clap (Tell the Preacher), swampy pop (Sunny Daze), Texas blues (Medicine Show), glam-boogie (I Get More), and the Robert Johnson-by-way-of-AC/DC strut (Redline). Aww Shucks, Feeling Fine and Gotta Get That round out this hot ‘n’ juicy platter of classic-rock swagger.

“These songs are a little harder-edged than the first album and a lot catchier,” explains Meyer. “We got inspired by all the great blues-rock acts happening these days and wondered if our first album wasn’t a bit ahead of its time. It seemed like the time was right to revisit the Sweet Justice sound, but we gave it a modern twist on this one. This new album is less traditional than our earlier work and fits much comfortably in the modern rock landscape.”

Notes Duff: “I think both Frank and I have evolved a great deal as producers since the first Sweet Justice record, which was one of the very first LPs we produced as a team. Applying all of that combined experience to these songs was a blast; that, and plugging in all the crazy fuzztones we’ve acquired in the past 15 years!”

All three Sweet Justice members arose as underground emissaries from the real rock world, as well as also playing in The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, though each member has their own impressive pedigree. Meyer is also the frontman for Iggy & The Stooges guitarist James Williamson, a member of Long Beach supergroup Blind House, and bandmate of Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers) in their side project Spaghetti & Frank.

Duff is an established music producer and manager who cut his teeth in 45 Grave, ADZ, Jeff Dahl and plays in Jesters of Destiny, The Magnificent and Scared Cowboys. Meanwhile, Sessa has toured with everyone from Cracker and Rosie Flores to The Joneses and Wayne Kramer.”