This is music that just grabs you and demands you listen to it. The guitar playing is at the forefront and the voice muted and distorted by whatever technology was used. There is an atmosphere about this project that is so very good.
So, on March 25, 2022 they released the first single from the album – 'Rarely Never Loaded'.
This is just a 30 second teaser clip; I could have put the whole song up here, but I want you to go out and buy it, even find it on YouTube for yourself. Even in this small section of the song, you can hear that blues-grounded guitar sound and those growled vocals. Yes, there is some aid to the vocals, but it works in the context of the album. The lyrics are a little simplistic, but the imagery in them is strong. e.g. "The stomp and thud/ The whisky run/ My stardust baby/ Down in Costa Mesa/ Run…"
'Lonesome Blue' We start out nice and slow. Sparse instrumentation led by guitars, it builds to a chorus that is a cry of pain. I know the media release calls them alt. country, but this has a lot of similarities to the blues. Then we get the instrumental break and the playing matches the anguish of the singing. That is something about a good song – when all the component parts come together to make the emotion soar.
'Silver Sun Bohemian' The sound is a different one here, not following the style of the opening track, with the subdued but strong percussion in the background and, again, a chorus that is wonderful, then a middle eight that lifts it again. Different, but the flow is not jarring in the slightest. "I need… someone to haunt all my dreams…" is such a great line.
'Rarely Never Loaded' Talked about this already, the first single from the album, and the most up-beat track here. The placement here fits the album running order, as we have built up to this one. The percussion is aided by hand-claps that do not sound cheesy, especially with that fantastic guitar playing that punctuates the whole… and then a very cool guitar solo right before the end.
'Vampires And LSD' We slow down to close out this brief set. There is something of Tom Petty about this track, and that only serves to help it. Again, more strong lyrics, more wonderful guitar playing, and the vocals are allowed a greater range as well. This was the first song they wrote for this project, and set the tone for the rest of the tracks here. On its central story, Jeremy Strother said: "It's a story about two lovers on the run, good at being bad. It's Midwestern motels & desert highways." (from the media release given to the author)
Four really good to great tracks. Tough to pick a personal favourite, but listening to the album on random shuffle, 'Lonesome Blue' was the one I was most inclined to air guitar to, so there is that.