Outer space has always seemed like a pleasing alternative to the relentless shitstorm of planet Earth. As a result, rock ’n’ roll has regularly ventured into the stratosphere, often with mind-bending results. In 2019, only one band can guarantee you a safe and sensational intergalactic trip, with songs that will make your head vibrate like Woody Allen’s Orgasmatron. Meet Giuda: Italy’s premier exponents of insanely infectious, glam-tinged and gritty rock ’n’ roll. Formed in 2007, these lysergic power-pop warriors have a decade of active service under their utility belts and a brand-new album, E.V.A. (Extravehicular Activity), which seals the band’s hard-earned triumph.
Every last track on E.V.A. will lodge itself in your skull like some kind of miniaturised robot invader. Giuda are a band with proud and persistent roots in the glory days of garage rock and proto-metal, when bands wrote fistfuls of anthems before breakfast.
From fiery opener Overdrive and the throbbing spacebound strut of Interplanetary Craft through to You’ve Got The Power’s hazy AC/DC-isms and the scorched earth funky new wave of Cosmic Love and Ravers Rock, Giuda’s fourth full-length album is an outright celebration of balls-out, hook-drenched and wilfully eccentric abandon. Welcome shades of everything from Cheap Trick and Big Star through to Devo and the Ramones collide with some irresistible psychedelic embellishments and subtle bursts of sonic strangeness. Simultaneously old school and as fresh and modern as can be, E.V.A. is simply the greatest rock’n’roll record you haven’t heard yet.