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Sideburn - Boris
1997 saw the band come full-circle as it began to realize, as it were, its true calling. Tired with trying to pinpoint its sound into the metal niche, the boys in the band retooled into the pubber format which it was obviously most suited for. The self-proclaimed "rebaptism" as Sideburn saw the band's redirected approach, which resulted in the bare-knuckled Sell Your Soul (For Rock 'n' Roll) album. Sideburn seemingly made no apologies for the full-scale change. From the get-go, "Raise Your Hands" paid homage to Rose Tattoo (cited by the band as its major influence) with jack-hammer riffing and slide guitars abound. Other Down-Under influences The Angels and, of course, AC/DC rang prominent on rousers "Knockin' at the Wrong Door," "Under My Skin," "Voodoo Girl," and "Mr. Fat Cat" while echoes of pub rock's roots in American blues slither underneath the booze-soaked exterior.
The name "Sideburn," in fact, is also admittedly rooted in rock tradition; it stems from the facial adornment of none other than Elvis Presley and, also, "because it sounded so rock and roll." Relentless gigging, including a pinnacle supporting slot for KISS at Hallenstadion in Zurich, culminated with the semi-live EP Get That Way the following year.