A punk-rock New Yorker has arrived in the form of Wendy James and her new double single You’re So Great/It’s Alright Ma has the perfect amount of retro rock and roll mixed with classic blues. Wendy’s punk drawl drifts alongside and creates a mist around the hybrid sound.
Having previously headed up alternative band Transvision Vamp, Wendy released her first solo album I Came Here To Blow Minds in 2010, which was written amongst indie musicians, she’s now back with a new edge and style. Capturing essences of early punk and American rock and roll, Wendy has a unique sound that will no doubt earn her more critical acclaim.
You’re So Great is a cover of Michigan rock and roll band Sonic’s Rendezvous Band’s track and has a great catchy melody. Wendy has that rock tone, which sends it off into a powerpop anthem. Simple lyrics with no real cleverness to them but it’s certainly a great sing-a-long and dance track. Wendy says of the track:
“Sonic’s Rendezvous Band are one of my favourites. I got my chops singing hard and fast pop songs with Transvision Vamp and when I heard You’re So Great, it viscerally hit me that Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith had written the complete essence of what I was good at. I stored the song in the back of my mind and waited for the right moment to record it. When I met guitarist James Williamson, the dots connected and we decided instantly to go and do this together. He’s bandmates with drummer Scott Asheton and no-one captures the guitar sound of Michigan like James Williamson does -it’s obvious.”
It’s Alright Ma sees Wendy returning to the work of one of her idols Bob Dylan. It’s a sultry take on a classic rock and roll song with plenty of energy and attitude. Whining guitars and Wendy’s seductive tones catapult it into the modern world. Wendy says: