Hot Press - - Albums - Out Now // Colm O’Hare

Water­ford’s Pro­pel­ler Palms have been fly­ing the flag for hon­est, no-non­sense rock and soul for some time now. In par­tic­u­lar, their in­cen­di­ary live shows have earned them a rep­u­ta­tion as a se­ri­ous force. In­fused with raw pas­sion and fine mu­si­cal chops, on Old Dog, New Tricks the six-piece line-up is aug­mented by a punchy brass sec­tion. The re­sults are a heady brew of clas­sic rock, Mem­phis soul and a touch of the E Street Band’s street gang sen­si­bil­ity.For good mea­sure, they also branch out into Amer­i­cana and coun­try folk.

The al­bum kicks off nicely with ‘Lib­erty’, a bluesy rocker in the Bob Seger vein – front­man Paul But­ler’s strong, ur­gent vo­cals rag­ing over the gui­tars and rhythm sec­tion.

‘You Will Never Know’ re­calls John Mel­len­camp in his ‘Pink Houses’ phase, with a touch of Steve Earle in the mix, while ‘A Lot On My Mind’ is early ZZ Top meets The All­man Brothers

Else­where, with hints of John

Prine in the fin­ger-picked gui­tar style and lyri­cal con­struc­tion, ‘Right Around Now’ is a protest song for the times, rail­ing against ev­ery­thing from home­less­ness and The X Fac­tor to global warm­ing. ‘With­out A

Care In The World’ boasts a ragged coun­try-folk sound that has echoes of Hot­house Flow­ers and Water­boys, while ‘Wel­come’ is a heady brew of ’70s rock, com­plete with Jethro Tull­style flute. In con­trast, they go all funky and soul­ful on ‘Look My Way’: Thin Lizzy’s ‘Johnny The Fox’ meets The Av­er­age White Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’.

Old Dog, New Tricks sounds like a live al­bum, and was un­doubt­edly recorded in that fashion. Over­all, it’s a fine state­ment of in­tent.


Old Dog New Tricks In­de­pen­dent Re­lease ‘South­bound’

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