When Airbourne came out almost a decade later, most Australians would have said, “we have seen this movie before, and it’s called The Poor.”
But let’s go back a little bit.
Formed in 1986 in Darwin, Northern Territory. The original line up would go through some changes before they end up with the members who would play on the recorded product.
In 1992, there was “The Poor Boys” who released the EP, “Rude, Crude & Tattooed” on Sony/Columbia Records. It was produced by The Angels’ members Rick Brewster and Bob Spencer. It got the band onto Radio and Music Television. It sounded more like “The Angels”, “Kings Of The Sun”, “Rose Tattoo” and “The Screaming Jets” than “AC/DC”. Then again, all of those bands have roots to AC/DC.
It also got them touring.
In 1993, another EP called “Underfed” came out, which again, got them on the road. This was produced by Brent Eccles (also a member of The Angels). They followed this release by backing United States acts, “Alice in Chains” and “Suicidal Tendencies”, on the Australian leg of their combined tour. It’s always cool to have an act that rocks like AC/DC.
‘The Poor Boys:” then became “The Poor” to avoid confusion with a US group.
And then came “Who Cares” in 1994. A balls to the wall, sleazy rawk and roll album straight from the pubs and clubs of Australia. It was a middle finger salute to Seattle and Grunge and flannel shirts.
Produced by Paul Northfield, the band is made up of Skenie on lead vocals, original founder Julian Grynglas on guitar, Matt Whitby on bass and the nephew of the Young brothers James Young on drums.
They supported AC/DC on the “Ballbreaker” tour and that is when I got a chance to see them live.
If you like your AC/DC and D.A.D then you will like this and the innuendo in the Chorus hook, “come on baby, take your poison, you want it, I got it”. The only thing missing is “pulling the trigger of their love gun”.
This could have come from Baby Animals and I like it. It also appeared as the opening track on their “Underfed” EP from a year before.
Man Of War
A Jimmy Page like acoustic fingerpicked intro kicks it off.
A serious attempt telling the “man of war to stop the bleeding”. I guess things haven’t changed. War is a constant in our lives.
At 1.23 the song kicks into overdrive.
Tell Someone Who Cares
Oh, that riff in the intro, it could sink ships at its heaviness. It then drops out and lets the bass rumble when the verses kick in.
Press play to hear it.
And the Chorus is basic, a tribute to those AC/DC Choruses.
More Wine Waiter Please
What a title?
Full of decadence and debauchery. The riff to introduce it is heavy and rolling. Once the drumming kicks in, it reminds me of “Deuce”.
If you like your hard sleazy rock, then press play on this. It’s a must on playlists.
Ain’t On The Chain
I know Accept liked AC/DC and on this, The Poor channel Accept’s take on AC/DC with a nod to Udo. Then again, you could say that they are channelling the Bon Scott era of AC/DC. But that is for the vocals. Musically, it has a lot of LA Sunset Strip style of rhythm playing.
This song also appeared on the “Underfed” EP from 1993.
You can never get enough of acts showing their love for AC/DC. Think “Sin City” here.
Hair Of The Dog
I like the heaviness.
About going into a bar the other night and getting into a fight.
She’s a liar, a little two faced bitch.
Enough said, just press play.
It’s a thrash-a-roll.
Only The Night
“Hit the road jack, ain’t gonna come back no more” comes to mind in the intro and then it goes into “Hot For Teacher”.
If you want to hear the decadent love child of AC/DC and Van Halen then press play on this.
As a bit of trivia this song goes back to the debut 4 song EP, “Rude, Crude and Tattooed” from 1992.
After the release they toured the U.S supporting, Scorpions before hitting Europe and Japan.
When they believed that the touring cycle was done for the album, they got a call in early 1996 to open for AC/DC on their Ballbreaker international tour.
And they weren’t done. They also got the Kiss support slot and in 1998 they also got the Van Halen support slot.
And we finally got some new music from then, a single called “Simple Livin'”, which was to be the first single from the follow-up to “Who Cares”. There was no identity crisis here for The Poor. While other acts tried to fit into the post Grunge, neo-industrial environment, The Poor channelled their love of Thin Lizzy and AC/DC to create “Simple Livin’” and its B-side “Love Isn’t On Again”.
But the new album never came and they disbanded in 2000 into two separate heavy rock projects called “Lump” and “Blackseed”.
Only to reform in April 2008 to play on an Australia tour with W.A.S.P.
Then a new album called “Round 1” came out in 2009 and “Round 2” in 2010 by Australian label “Riot!”.
And finally The Poor are in full swing with the soon to be released fourth album (first in thirteen years), “High Price Deed” on 2 February 2023.
The pre-release singles “Payback’s a Bitch”, “Cry Out”, “Let Me Go” and “Take the World” have impressed so far.
The band at this stage is Daniel Cox on guitar who joined in 2019, Anthony “Skenie” Skene is still on vocals and rhythm guitar, Matt Whitby is still on bass guitar and Gavin Hansen on drums, having replaced James Young in 1997.
Play it loud.