I’m sitting here, listening to the first full-length release from the UK rock band 100% Proof, and the only question I can think of right now is, how is it these guys never broke it big? Especially here in the States. I mean, considering there were the likes of Petra, Resurrection Band, Barnabas, the Daniel Band, and other heavier Christian rock acts getting more attention, 100% Proof would have fit right in with the bunch. And I mean, perfectly.
Listen, the sound on this self-titled debut album is vastly improved over the four-song EP from the previous year. This time around, they seemed to have secured a proper label release on Myrrh, which wasn’t a stranger to other so-called Jesus People rock bands. The music is much more focused, and retains the raw, crunchy blues-based hard rock that made the EP such a hidden gem to find. Here, from the first track “Back Seat Driver”, we’re treated to some classic, crunchy guitar-driven classic hard rock, much in the vein of the Bon Scott-era AC/DC. Matter of fact, I would argue that any one of the first three AC/DC releases from the early-to-mid 1970s would serve as the inspiration to the songs. You can hear it in the guitar riffs and leads, and the very blues-based rhythms. Matter of fact, the song “The Loner” is an ode to the death of the former AC/DC vocalist.
The only drawback to this album, I would say, would be that one of the vocalists seems to be a bit on the generic side. He performs his duty…but doesn’t really inject much personality in there. There are a small handful that seem to feature a more gritty vocalist, which I think could have been used for all of the songs really. Otherwise, here’s the deal: There are 8 songs on this album, and none of them are ballads. The closest you get is the blues-seeped “The Loner”, but even that gets heavier as the song progresses. Listen, if you’ve ever had a soft spot for the early days of Christian rock and hard rock, do yourselves a favor and check out this self-titled debut from 100% Proof. I demand a decent remastering and re-release of this one.