10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Every few years a band comes around to either emulate or parody glam-rock. New York’s Semi Precious Weapons dabble a bit in both worlds, leaning much harder on the side that worships at the altar of spandex and hairspray. But what sets singer Justin Tranter apart from all the other frontmen is that when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, he’s done his homework — literally. Tranter graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he studied not only songwriting, but music/entertainment business as well. After forming Semi Precious Weapons, Tranter landed the former T. Rex manager B.P. Fallon and legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Sparks, Adam Ant, Manic Street Preachers, etc) who mixed You Love You with help from Lady Gaga. The album opens with their namesake song, blending glitter with glam as early-‘70s- inspired handclaps accent dirty guitar leads and Tranter’s androgynous vocals spit out narcissistic lyrics. “Put a Diamond In It” has Visconti injecting some of that Marc Bolan heaviness alongside Jimmy Page sounding guitars, while “I Could Die” is bona fide riff-rock that would make Bon Scott proud.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Every few years a band comes around to either emulate or parody glam-rock. New York’s Semi Precious Weapons dabble a bit in both worlds, leaning much harder on the side that worships at the altar of spandex and hairspray. But what sets singer Justin Tranter apart from all the other frontmen is that when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, he’s done his homework — literally. Tranter graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he studied not only songwriting, but music/entertainment business as well. After forming Semi Precious Weapons, Tranter landed the former T. Rex manager B.P. Fallon and legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Sparks, Adam Ant, Manic Street Preachers, etc) who mixed You Love You with help from Lady Gaga. The album opens with their namesake song, blending glitter with glam as early-‘70s- inspired handclaps accent dirty guitar leads and Tranter’s androgynous vocals spit out narcissistic lyrics. “Put a Diamond In It” has Visconti injecting some of that Marc Bolan heaviness alongside Jimmy Page sounding guitars, while “I Could Die” is bona fide riff-rock that would make Bon Scott proud.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
358 Ratings

358 Ratings

memorygirl ,

Glam Rock is Alive!

Dirty, filthy, gorgeous rock n' roll is alive and well and Semi Precious Weapons are single-handedly delivering us from pop-drab evil. With hints of Bowie, Lou Reed, Courtney Love and a car wreck tumbled together and doused in gasoline, this major label debut from SPW (who have been the underground rock gods of NYC for a while now) glitters as it grinds, reminding you with every new track that you are filthy, you are gorgeous, you have never rocked harder and, of course: You Love You. Buy the entire album immediately. Thank me later.

EOdunbar ,

PERFECTION!!!

Semi Precious Weapons are a huge breath of fresh air! They toured with Gaga and have garnered a rabid following and this record DOES NOT dissapoint!!! one of the best releases of the year!!!

Teh Miketation ,

Will not disappoint!

Semi Precious Weapons are quite talented! The entire album is catchy as hell, with great lyrics that make you feel good and will make you wanna rock and roll! Not to mention they're just amazing live.
If you're TIRED of listening to all these EMO BANDS coming out these days, Semi Precious Weapons is the band to go for!
Can't wait to see you guys rock out at Madison Square Garden opening for Lady Gaga!!!

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