Fresh and lo­cal

The Georgia Straight - - Music -


For those who love Ken­tucky bour­bon, Texas bar­be­cue, and ev­ery act that’s ever recorded for Blood­shot Records, things don’t get much bet­ter than Half Up

Front’s “Church of Jim Beam”. Over thump­ing rock-steady drums and desert-burn gui­tars, smokyvoiced belter Car­men Bruno drawls “Found faith in a bot­tle/ Had trou­bles to drown.” As sweet and breezy as the band plays things on the EP’S fi­nal track, “Thing About You”, Trailerhawk (made up of var­i­ous mem­bers of Sons of Free­dom, Grapes of Wrath, and Sun­day Morn­ing) mostly fuses clas­sic ’80s cow­punk with pol­ished Amer­i­cana on this win­ning five-song de­but. The crash-and-bang kick­off, “Car”, is the Knit­ters do­ing shots in a trailer park with Shania Twain, while the desert-noir “Don’t You” will make you want to crawl be­hind the wheel of a ’69 Ram­bler and drive through the Ne­vada desert at mid­night. It’s good to have a rea­son to pull on the Tony La­mas again.

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