Oklahoma 5 piece
Words of Wisdom opens and chugs along with a stomping riff with a very fresh rock-sounding chorus. These guys can do it all, but clearly heavy southern rock is where their heart is. The title track New Southern is brilliant, and I find myself nodding away once the smoke from the intro clears. If I had to pick one track to put on a compilation to represent these guys, it would be this one, as they do this style so exceptionally well.
Hate automatic rocks along solidly, and Wake up is a surprise track with its pinch harmonics and offbeat rhythm before it straightens out into a very strong chorus. Ride of your life is an uptempo rocker and humps along. Jonesboro closes the 12 action-packed tracks in classic rocking style as it tells you about “the meanest SOB that you’ll ever know”.
And these guys are young too but there’s a real maturity to what they’re playing. It would be quite easy to modify these into typical rock songs about typical rock topics (sex, drugs, etc) but they have managed to create some interesting stories behind the fine musicianship. It’s an unusual skill set, and it works just fine as it is, but I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy their next evolution/album even more as they seem to have so many great ideas. Production is first-rate with some huge guitar and drum sounds. Here’s hoping they get to rock some big stages soon.
Release Year: 2014
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewed by Matt