LYIN RAMPANT – Up And Cumin’ 1987 [remastered +4] (2022)
Up And Cumin’, the one and only album from Scotland based melodic hard rockers LYIN RAMPANT is being reissued today with bonus tracks. The band was formed in 1983 when Glasgow born vocalist Stewartie Adams came back home to Scotland after leaving London rockers TYTAN and teamed up with ex HEAVY PETTIN’ guitarist Eddie Trainer, drummer Tam Creamer and Edinburgh born bass player Georgie Pringle, to form LYIN’ RAMPANT.
In the mid-80s the band added to the line up keyboardist Paul Stephens also from Edinburgh, as the group, initially playing riff-driven hard rock, wanted a more commercial, AOR-splashed sound.
Released in 1987, on Up And Cumin’ LYIN’ RAMPANT sound & style is pretty similar to HEAVY PETTIN’ meets TOBRUK – melodic hard, with cool catchy choruses. Originally consisting of 8 tracks, this reissue features 2 bonus, and we added 2 extras, demos of songs that never make it into the final cut.
Scotland brought us in the ’80s HEAVY PETTIN’. This band played Melodic Hard Rock like a cross between TOKYO BLADE and early DEF LEPPARD. Funnily enough there was another band from Scotland doing the exact same thing. The band was called LYIN RAMPANT.
The band sounded so much like HEAVY PETTIN’, partly due to the connection of several members having played in that band as well, but also because the LYIN RAMPANT vocalist Stewartie Adams sounded so much like the HEAVY PETTIN’s singer.
Highlights are the pumping “Way of Destiny”, a catchy uptempo almost AORish Melodic Rock song a la SHY, the melodic ballad “Don’t Walk Away” (reminding a lot of MORITZ), and especially “Say Goodbye (Sayonara)”, a catchy melodic rocker a la TOBRUK where the keyboards appear in a true 1987 fashion.
For a more rocking delivery ”Crazee”, “Breakdown” and “Fantasy Girl” do the trick, while “Kill Them All” has some anthemic, epic atmosphere.
A cool reissue from a band that didn’t last longer but had a lot of potential. I never had enough ’80s melodic hard rock / AOR and LYIN RAMPANT’s Up And Cumin’ is a fine addition to the collection.
01 – Crazee
02 – Breakdown
03 – Promises
04 – Way Of Destiny
05 – Don’t Walk Away
06 – Fantasy Girl
07 – Say Goodbye (Sayonara)
08 – Kill Them All
09 – Indoor Games
10 – Time Again
11 – Dancin’ On Air (Demo)
12 – Life In The Fast Lane (Demo)
Stewartie Adams – Vocals, Guitar
Eddie Trainer – Guitar
Georgie Pringle – Bass
Paul Stephens – Keyboards
Tam Creamer – Drums, Percussion
Jakey Blair – Guitar on tracks 11 & 12
Steve Groves – Drums on tracks 11 & 12