Friday, January 06, 2017

Down And Outlaws - 2016 - Above Snakes (LP)

Down and Outlaws is a four piece rock and roll band from San Francisco. Formed in 2012, Above Snakes is their debut LP. Down And Outlaws play dirty, rootsy rock and roll that calls to mind Black Rebel Motorcycle, Jack White and early Black Keys. Down And Outlaws are at their best with the rhythm section churning underneath, the guitars churn out riffs backing off to allow the vocals to come to the front before slamming back in again.

 This is rock and roll designed for a hot summer night, sounds best when played at high volumes in a convertible speeding down the highway. I Don't Care (I Don't Care) kicks things into high gear with melodic leads while Fever is a straight ahead driving rock song and Don't Call My Name summons the ghost of blues rock past. Other highlights include Obsession, Backwards From The Dead, Gone, and Roll That Stone. With Above Snakes Down And Outlaws have staked their claim to this section of rock and roll territory.

Merge - 2016 - Ineffable (stream)

Merge is a post-rock band from Paris, France. Ineffable is the title track from their latest release.