Bolex Dementia

HARD STUFF Bulletproof (SJPCD371)

There are great tracks on this album, for instance opener 'Jay Time' with its infectious funk beat. 'Sinister Minister' is much more of a straight affair, with a considerably harder feel to it yet a chorus that's nicely smoothed 'round the edges.

'No Witch At All' kicks off with a restrained percussion beat and a cutting riff sound before the witch is unleashed in all its edginess. 'Taken Alive' has a real nice groove to it and the first few chords remind of Credence Clearwater, in fact, most of the track does. Really great number, that one!

Things are back in hard rock terrain with 'Time Gambler' and snarling riff work. 'Millionaire' is another scorcher that also makes for a great dance track (as does 'Taken Alive'); it gets speedier as the song progresses, with in-your-face guitar solos and a fierce drum beat. Perfect for a bit of head-banging! (November 2011)

There's a helluva riffs to get spiked on with a heavy accent on funk. This vibe drives the opener "Jay Time", where the rhythm section creates a vibrating platform for theatrically demented wails, both vocal and stringed, and "Millionaire" that, together with "No Witch At All" which sees two Johns harmonize, should have been a huge concert attraction thanks to the tight but loose interplay lurching into solos.

Humorous, all its deceptive blackness notwithstanding, "Bulletproof" still sounds strong - and finally, clear; sadly, with HARD STUFF's second album, these were the last recordings that John Du Cann oversaw a remastering of before his 2011's passing.

DME Music Site (November 2011)

Well, by the time I finished listening by jeans had widened by four inches at my feet and it is easy to get carried away by the happy-go-lucky 70's feeling. I bet they saved my day somehow. John DuCann will no doubt be a great loss for British rock.

FESTIVALPHOTO (November 2011)

'Bulletproof' finds Hard Stuff taking a harder edged, yet bluesy tinged style and wringing it through the power trio mill to quite excellent effect...In fact as debut albums go 'Bulletproof' is so impressive that I have no idea why I haven't heard much more about Hard Stuff long before now.

Fireworks Magazine (January/February 2012)

Bulletproof is a pretty good example of 70's hard rock, but it does sound dated now.

Classic Rock Society (January/February 2012)

Du Cann really lets rip on the Bulletproof album with plenty of guitar solos and crunching riffs in the vein of Uriah Heep, Grand Funk and of course Atomic Rooster. The absence of Vincent Crane's Hammond makes for a harder-edged sound and there are a number of stand out cuts including "No Witch At All", "Sinister Minister" and the fiery "Millionaire".

Sea of Tranquility (December 2011)

...his departure from Atomic Rooster (along with drummer Paul Hammond) saw the duo hook up with former Big Three bassist Jon Gustafson. The result was Hard Stuff, whose 1972 debut - recorded using Hendrix's Marshall stack - is suitably punchy, the propulsive rhythms of 'Jay Time' proof that power trio don't need to rely solely on heaviosity.

Classic Rock magazine

Bulletproof is high-octane, hard rock shot through with self-confidence and ambition. At almost every level, it's a very fine set, helped by the fact the band had a run through this material in a previous incarnation as Bullet.

Torpedoed by a litigious US act of the same, they went back in a recorded it again: the result stands up as one of the most neglected of its day. 'No Witch At All', 'Millionaire' and Bullet's 'Hobo' (dropped in for good measure) are sheer adrenalin-rushes each and every one. This is not music to be driven to. Further welcome bonuses include the single version of album opener 'Jay Time' and B-side 'The Orchestrator'. ****

Review by Peter Muir - Get Ready To Rock


HARD STUFF Bolex Dementia (SJPCD376)

Bolex Dementia is not as heavy as forerunner Bulletproof, but opener 'Roll A Rocket' is still heavy on the riff work and spits aggressive solos, albeit infused with some funky sounds. Next track 'Libel' is one further up on the funk-o-meter (possibly two).

In total contrast is 'Ragman' - after listening to 'Libel', this feels like an entirely different band is at work here, what with its peculiar 70s 'TOTP rock-pop-sing-along' sound.

However, we're back again in funk-rock land with 'Spiders Web' - great rhythm and great bass as well! (November 2011)

Any student of early 70s rock is going to find something of there are plenty of examples of just why John Du Cann's legacy is worth investigation...

Bill Leslie,

The title track ends things (and there's an alternate song ordered implemented during the remastering, the last thing Du Cann did before his death) in progressive chaos, or in avant-garde mode, that harks back to the players' past. And there was no future for them en mass, as a car crash that almost killed guitarist and drummer cost HARD STUFF the momentum they lacked from the off and, eventually, the trio split. Now, with both side of a single augmenting the album, their demented legend is cemented for good.

DME Music Site (November 2011)

...there is the opener "Roll a Rocket", a happier track than on the entire debut, the Purple pleasures of "Spider's Web" and the howling guitar and thumping refrain of "Dazzle Dizzy"...If you have most of John DuCann's output you must buy this...

FESTIVALPHOTO (November 2011)

While not quite as hard hitting, or instant as its predecessor, 'Bolex Dementia' is still an excellent album in its own right...a progressive slant is more obvious this time.

Fireworks Magazine (January/February 2012)

Bolex Dementia is a mix of ideas that just don't really gel.

Classic Rock Society (January/February 2012)

Du Cann isn't a natural vocalist, yet while occasionally creaking, he is a hell of a rock executioner. His guitar licks are characterised by being brief and catchy, in fact so catchy that and I found myself humming them during the first time I have listened to some of the songs, and his interaction with Gustafson is vitalizing (listen to the extra tasty, coordinated bass-guitar lines on "Get Lost" to get the idea).

Gut Feeling Blog

Not as heavy as its predecessor Bolox Dementia has a more funk rock flavour, some of which is not unlike Gustafson's later work with the Ian Gillan Band, notably on "Roll A Rocket", "Spiders Web" and "Get Lost".

Bonus tracks and liner notes always form part of the Angel Air package and this is once again the case here. Overlooked first time around, Hard Stuff are a band that are well worth investigating for fans of 70's blues-driven Hard Rock and these two albums offer excellent value for money.

Sea of Tranquility (December 2011)

Knocked off course by a serious car crash in Belgium, follow up Bolex Dementia has its glammy moments (Sick'n'Tired), but the game was up. Du Cann and Hammond reformed Atomic Rooster shortly after its release...

Classic Rock magazine

1973's Bolex Dementia is a souffle in comparison, strutting yet flimsy and swiftly toppled by a paucity of material to match its predecessor, what there is bogged down by an absence of Du Cann guitar magic and mastery and a musical aesthetic more Glitterband than Groundhogs. **

Review by Peter Muir - Get Ready To ROCK!