Chicago’s HoZac Records has excavated a never-released late-70s studio album from trashy Atlanta glam-metal-punk band Razor Boys. Culled from a pair of late-night recording sessions, the ten-song Atlanta 1978 captures the raw edge and energy of a hard-hitting, sleazy gang that were wild-haired anomalies at the time (for the region, at least), but would fit comfortably alongside many of the city’s younger, ’70s-obsessed rock and rollers of today.
Together from 1976 through the end of the decade, Razor Boys (Chaz Westbrook on vocals, Ronnie Razor on guitar and vocals, Dee Minor on bass and Bobby Werblin on drums) took inspiration from many of the touring glam and proto-punk bands that played Atlanta club Richard’s during the early ‘70s. They gigged heavily locally and toured up the East Coast, opening shows for the likes of AC/DC, The Ramones and Dead Boys, but a record deal escaped their grasp. Thankfully, we can now enjoy a satisfying slice of what was and could have been.