August 9, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: August 9, 2012

Alicja Trout has no trouble keeping herself busy as she juggles her various music projects and creative occupations, enough so that six years separated the fine sophomore album from her band River City Tanlines, I’m Your Negative, and their third long-player, 2012’s Coast to Coast. It’s not hard to sense the passage of time on Coast to Coast; while this is an album of tough and unapologetic rock & roll, it also sounds more refined and contemplative than River City Tanlines’ previous albums, and though the lyrics don’t directly address the major life events of those six years off (including becoming a parent and dealing with the death of her former bandmate and boyfriend Jay Reatard), this music reveals, for lack of a better word, a greater “maturity” than I’m Your Negative. The songs on Coast to Coast are less frantic than in the past, and the music sounds tighter and neater overall, but Trout still has a real knack for lean, catchy melodies dotted with pop hooks, and her guitar work kicks some serious butt, laying out thick, muscular rhythm lines along with leads and solos that give the music plenty of color and drama. Bassist Terrence Bishop and drummer John Bonds provide all the backup Trout needs, delivering plenty of rhythmic propulsion and a strong bottom end, and this power trio connects like a clenched fist on tracks like “You Shot Me” and “Can You Handle This Heart.” And longer tracks like “Dark Matter” and “Waiting for Nothing” show River City Tanlines have learned to do something most garage punk acts never manage — stretch out a song and cut a groove, while showing they know something about dynamics and pacing. If you dig vintage hard rock and garage punk, River City Tanlines have plenty to offer, but on Coast to Coast, they deliver a whole lot more besides, and they show it’s possible to grow and evolve without forgetting how to have fun and bring the rock. When Trout sings that all the good music is 40 years old, she’s clearly not including Coast to Coast.

mp3 320 kbps | 82 MB | UL

Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone – Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combine with musical acuity sharp as razor wire – this trio is a force to be reckoned with. Between The Ditches is a chronicle of this lifestyle. Produced by Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Dr. John, Shins) their fifth album celebrates the growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for their country home and the importance of family. The uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give the Big Damn Band a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for and an ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road playing for the people with hurricane force.

mp3 320 kbps | 107 MB | UJ


01. One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)
02. Art Of Almost
03. I Might
04. At Least That’s What You Said
05. She’s A Jar
06. Kamera
07. Can’t Stand It
08. Too Far Apart
09. What’s The World Got In Store
10. Impossible Germany
11. Born Alone
12. Capitol City
13. Laminated Cat (Aka Not For The Season)
14. Summer Teeth
15. Whole Love
16. Theologians
17. I’m The Man Who Loves You
18. Dawned On Me
19. Shot In The Arm

20. Passenger Side
21. Casino Queen
22. Candyfloss
23. Hesitating Beauty
24. A Magazine Called Sunset
25. Kicking Television

26. The Late Greats
27. Dreamer In My Dreams
28. The Lonely One

mp3 320 kbps | 323 MB | UL | UJ

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