Pure Noise Records are at it again with yet another new signing. This time, the rapidly expanding label added Californian band Carpool Tunnel to their roster. Go on, say the name out loud – see what they did there?!Continue reading “Pure Noise takes the Carpool Tunnel”
To celebrate her country, rock and pop influences, Glaswegian singer-songwriter Kerri Watt has released a cover of NEEDTOBREATHE’s Let’s Stay Home Tonight. Her rendition is inspired by the country style picking and harmonies of The Chicks and Little Big Town.Continue reading “Get a care package from Kerri Watt!”
Dorothy Daniel’s voice is clearly going to be the star of this show; all bluesy and resonant, backed by swampy guitar. However, we get more of a compelling sound and a feeling than a complex narrative.Continue reading “Album Review: The Danberrys – Shine”
If you had any familiarity with the 90s rock scene, the name Soul Asylum should ring all sorts of bells. Need a reminder? Runaway Train won a Grammy for Best Rock Song in 1994. All together now: “Runaway train never going back/wrong way on a one way track…”Continue reading “Album Review: Soul Asylum – Hurry Up and Wait”
Album Review: True Native by Tony McLoughlin
Hot damn, Blood On Blood will wake you from any slumber or funk. No quarter is given as we hear about “blood on blood in the darkest night.” It’s a tale of outlaws in the Badlands. There is Springsteenian storytelling and delivery, and much for fans of Dire Straits in the deep voice and resolute pacing.
A rolling stone, a loving kind, an outlaw, and a child of God are just some of the descriptors given. The one that’s worthy of the title is Flying Bird. The key traits embodied are freedom, song and observation.
The Colour Of Spring leaves the desert. It’s jaunty and loved up. While the protagonist still walks the night, love light guides him home.
The title track True Native has a Springsteen sound vocally, rattling and shuffling instrumentation, and a stroll through American lands and history. It skirts anachronistic language and idealism though.
Sharp electric guitars and a honky-tonk tempo carry a traditional blues rock number, but it’s still set in the Western Plains. We get some sense of the wanderer’s motivation: “I’m only running from you.” While it showcases some gnarly solos, the storytelling of the previous songs make us eager for some of the backstory. Instead we get a “that’s how it is/that’s how it goes” brush off.
Treeline marries latter-day Americana-Springsteen vocals with a whimsical look at nature.
We careen from pedal steel to moody blues rock and a vocoder effect. The declaration “zero” comes in full force but echoed. It’s the apogee of “a lonely cry and a lonely tear I could not hide.” The refrain becomes Below Zero as things get progressively worse for the protagonist.
Next up is a gentle lounge shuffle cover of Butch Hancock’s If You Were A Bluebird which offers intriguing, atypical metaphors. Try “if you were a train stop, the conductor would sing low,” for example.
Mercury finishes the short album with one final low register song over a simple fingerpicked progression accented with harmonica.
This short record is a curious mix of brooding and jaunty. McLoughlin’s seventh album was produced by renowned veteran guitarist Philip Donnelly (John Prine, Everly Brothers, Nanci Griffiths, Donovan, Townes Van Zandt).
True Native is out now and available through Tony McLoughlin’s website.
If you don’t know ‘owt about Massy Ferguson, it comes as quite a surprise for a male voice to launch in with a big rock number heavy with barely tamed electric guitar, percussion and keys.
The next song stays confrontational with its title and opening line: Drop An Atom Bomb On Me. It’s much more restrained, at least until it gets to the harmonica solo.
Soon enough we explore yet another different edge of the rock genre and we’re still only at track 3. Here, the band offers a spirited pop rock number with a shot of country from Adra Boo’s duet contribution.
Will Hoge shows confidence in the power of his sound with a 30 second introduction to Gilded Walls that”s propelled by a driving beat then a powerful cutting comment, in his striking deep voice, about the wayward political priorities of our times: “Well, I guess you don’t need clean air to breath when you think you’ll be just fine.”Continue reading “Album Review: Will Hoge – My American Dream”