Bulletproof Rose – Loud Hard Fast (EP Review)

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Bulletproof Rose - Bulletproof Rose (EP Review)

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On 6 April 2015
Last modified:30 April 2015


Some interesting similarities from Kiss to Bon Jovi and Danny & the Juniors to Status Quo. Five riff packed energetic tracks which will give you a taster off what these four young Cumbrians, Bulletproof Rose, have to offer.

Bulletproof Rose

I first came across Bulletproof Rose when I saw them supporting Dave Evans at The Towler in Tottington in June 2013. I was instantly hooked and, impressed by their raw and energetic performance, have seen them several times since, with a few line-up changes along the way. Bulletproof Rose have been one of our featured bands (see here) so I was pleased to get their debut EP ‘Loud Hard Fast’ to review.

Formed by Jacob Siddle and Dan Wallace in West Cumbria, this hard rocking young four piece have also supported bands like Dirty Diamonds and Fallen Mafia and will shortly hit the road with Confess on some of their forthcoming UK tour dates. ‘Loud Hard Fast’ will be self released on Monday 27th April 2015.

The first track is also the band’s name Bulletproof Rose and it’s a great opener, punky and aggressive with some great riffs. I reviewed a Bulletproof Rose gig a year ago (see here) and in Gypsy I picked up elements of Bon Jovi’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and I still pick that up in the studio version but I also picked up elements of Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild and the song even even starts with the line ‘Head down on the highway’ which is very similar to the second line in the latter. My Girl has yet more of the Bulletproof Rose style no frills but energetic rhythm and riffs.

For Bang Your Head think of Heavens on Fire by Kiss meets Slaughter and the Dogs’ Hell In New YorkThe final track is the title track Loud Hard Fast and in this one I picked up two older songs think Danny & The Juniors meet Status Quo’s Caroline At The Hop! The latter being released in 1957 but if you watch the video and imagine Danny Rapp in a long blonde wig you’ll get the similarity! This track also has some of the best riffs on the album and yes, they play it hard and fast so it’s best played loud!

I enjoyed this EP, no fillers and some interesting similarities. It will give you a taster off what these young Cumbrians have to offer. If you like Hard Rock or Punk then have a listen and if you get chance then you should definitely see them live too! Five tracks gets Bulletproof Rose five stars for their ‘Loud Hard and Fast’ debut. My favourite track – well it’s got to be the title track.

Bulletproof Rose – Loud Hard Fast (EP Cover)

Track List:

Bulletproof Rose
My Girl
Bang Your Head
Loud Hard Fast

Band Members:

Jacob Siddle – Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals
Brian Robinson – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dane Riach – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dan Wallace – Drums


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BulletproofRose

Twitter: https://twitter.com/B_P_R_Band


Some interesting similarities from Kiss to Bon Jovi and Danny & the Juniors to Status Quo. Five riff packed energetic tracks which will give you a taster off what these four young Cumbrians, Bulletproof Rose, have to offer.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!