I have to admit I have a soft spot for this band, I don’t normally write reviews and no doubt it will be evident in this piece but having reviewed the band’s first release, I was happy to receive their second through the mail, and this review is long overdue.
If you are a fan of blues orientated rock then this band does not disappoint, there is a rockier edge to this album than the previous, if you think Airbourne meets AC/DC you shouldn’t be far away.
Once again the use of samples infused into the songs assist to bring them to life and add to the song’s story, making them stand out somewhat from a standard. The musicianship is atypical of the style and in particular the Harmonica, Guitar and HonkyTonk piano are all well honed and focused for genre. All instruments are solid and song supportive, and Dean’s voice once again sounds raw and ruff which is a rarity these days. The lead guitarist, Sam, certainly demonstrates his chops with aplomb.
All the songs stand up in their own right, no evidence of filler here. My last review was critical of the lyrical overuse of southern blues location names, certainly not a criticism this time. The tunes are packed full of clean arpeggios, dynamics, break downs and rip-roaring rock solos; a guilty pleasure for sure. There are, of course, the inclusion of the classic slower blues rock tunes which are well executed.
My personal highlights include “Lock n Load” with its ethereal intro and great dynamic structure, “Long Time Dead” with its antipodean influences, and “Miami CSI” with its darker melodies, and “The Road Outta Hell” for its sheer strength and groove.
Overall the album is a well mixed and produced affair and a great example of the genre from the current time.
Finally, the band is to appear at this year’s Colne Blues Festival; and if you haven’t experienced them, then perhaps now is the time.