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Roxie 77 - "Ameriswede" EP 

By John Jeffrey
 
Take some 90's power pop, mix it with some 70's garage rock, and sprinkle in some 50's do-wop, and you'll have a pretty close recipe to Roxie 77's "Ameriswede" EP.  Ryan Roxie has been at the helm of the number one guitar slot in Alice Cooper's solo band for the better part of the past 20 years, and has figured out what Kane Roberts, Vinnie Moore, Al Pitrelli and a slew of other guitar shredders could not.  Being the lead guitar player in Alice Cooper's band is not about cramming as many notes as possible into eight bars of a classic Cooper track or figuring out what the mode of the month is, but it's about being authentic and playing for the song, which is exactly what Ryan Roxie does on the "Ameriswede" EP.
 
While the material on Roxie 77's follow up to their 2009 release, "Two Sides To Every Story," is definitely guitar driven, it's certainly not shredder fodder and Ryan knows exactly where to throw in tasteful leads where it counts.  And any guitar lover will appreciate Roxie's homage to Judas Priest's "Turbo Lover" guitar solo in the standout track, "The Solution."
 
The "Ameriswede" EP features 6 new songs from Roxie & Co, with 2 different mixes of each song. This release was pressed exclusively on vinyl, but when you buy the vinyl, you receive a digital download and a CD copy. Although the band originally formed in 2002, when Ryan moved to Sweden in 2006, he assembled the current lineup, which features Anton Korberg (drums), Magnus Wikstrom (Bass) and Eric Rydman (guitar/saxophone/keyboards).
 
At an Alice Cooper concert in 2013, Bellyache Records owner and Alice Cooper fanatic Scotty Hagen approached Roxie about the possibility of releasing a two-track 7” single on the label.  The project eventually blossomed into what has become "Ameriswede."  The EP features an “American” side mixed by fellow Alice Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen, and a “Swedish” side mixed by producer Jon Bordon.
 
The "American" side has a much more polished sound and the "Swedish" mixes of the songs have a much more raw sound, with an almost live/demo type quality to them.  Although the arrangements for both versions are pretty similar, I think prefer the mix of the "American" side.  Although, I do like the guitar tone more on the "Swedish" mix and the fact that Ryan went with an electric guitar on the "Swedish" version of "Anna" as opposed to the much too clean acoustic on the "American" counterpart.
 
With Roxie again on the road with Alice Cooper, continuing as the supporting act for Motley Crue’s farewell tour, fans have the opportunity to interact with Ryan as part of Roxie’s International Rock & Roll Parking Lot, his nightly pre-show meet-and-greet, where you can get your copy of the "Ameriswede" release directly from him or if you can't make it to one of the shows, you can order the vinyl (w/CD copy & digital download) directly from www.Bellyacherecords.com

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