Got the CD 'Aroused' and have been listening all day. Love it! Anyway, here is the review I've written for Crackerjack...hope you approve. I'll be playing some on rockabilly radio as well soon..will let you know when.
A new CD from the Hicksville Bombers is becoming an annual event, coinciding nicely with the Americana International Festival, at which they seem to be the resident band. Last time they released one, â€œDeal with the Devilâ€, regular readers may remember that I remarked upon the change in lead singer, Dave Brownâ€™s voice. A Year ago, he had developed a huskey burr to his voice, which I felt was a definite improvement on his previously clean cut tones. This time around he seems to have gone for back to a cleaner sound, but with a slight growl to his voice and once again, I have to say it suits the material that heâ€™s performing.
The Bombers work hard, travel a lot and put on a great live show. What more could you want? Well, actually if youâ€™re asking (rhetorical), I would suggest that you SHOULD want this CD for your collection!
The album kicks off with the driving rocker, â€œLonesome feelingâ€, which has a short but very nice quality guitar break. For â€œChecking on my babyâ€, there is a definite Chicago blues feel, with a
persistent harmonica riff in the background and a restrained guitar break that threatens to explode but never quite strays from where it should be. â€œBad thingsâ€ follows, and this one will fill the
dancefloor with strollers, this is followed by an up tempo cover of Skeets McDonaldâ€™s â€œHeartbreaking Mamaâ€, a favourite song of mine, so that went down well. â€œIt aint your Businessâ€ is next and a return to that Chicago blues feel, but with the Distinctive mouth harp more in prominence, creating a great feel....arguably the best guitar break on the album, great stuff!
Next comes the title track, and thatâ€™s a nice driving stroller complete with wolf howls, that again will fill the dancefloors...this is followed by a cover of ACDCâ€™S seminal, â€œWhole lotta Rosieâ€. Ican
understand why bands want to cover ACDCâ€™s material, because it is basically rock n roll, but I think doing this number, which in itâ€™s original form is nothing short of explosive, is quite brave. Those that know the original will be appalled, but the Bombers do a good job on it, and it has grown on me from the first listening. â€œPrettiest girl in townâ€, is a Dave Brown composition which I really like. A nice melody on top of a good 12 bar blues, which works really well. Several more original tunes follow, including my favourite track, â€œSouthbound Trainâ€, a lovely slow blues number called, â€œNot enough Alcaholâ€, a really nice version of â€œLittle Pigâ€, then a great cover of Slim Harpoâ€™s, â€œDonâ€™t start crying nowâ€. The album is finished off with some live tracks, meant to show their talents as a live outfit, but frankly, thanks to the rather quiet audience...they should have been raising the roof, so they DONâ€™T do them justice as a live outfit...they are really good live, so thatâ€™s a bit of a shame.
All in all though, this is a really solid album and whilst dedicated Bombers fans will probably already have it and a T Shirt, which displays the really great cover. But to anyone that doesnâ€™t have this yet....go and get it. Itâ€™s a must have for your collection!