One Eleven Heavy
★★★ Everything’s Better KITH & KIN. DL/LP Wooden Wand and friends convene for Big Pink-flavoured freakout.
“Roadkill Americana” is the genre name one social media commentator bestowed on this debut by transatlantic supergroup of sorts, One Eleven Heavy – and it’s not a bad fit. A certain ragged choogle proliferates, and a sense of Music From Big Pink or Workingman’s Dead being re-imagined by Royal Trux. A sometime Trux bassist, Dan Brown, actually figures here, alongside Ryan Jewell (a Ryley Walker drummer), Hans Chew (Leon Russell reincarnated, loosely) and two frontmen. James ‘Wooden Wand’ Toth takes the laurels, on a strong run following last year’s Clipper Ship solo joint; British interloper Nick Mitchell Maiato is a game, if sometimes rather strained, foil. Perfection, of course, isn’t really the point of this cosmic good-time music, which reaches its apotheosis with Toth’s Crosses, a downhome boogie very much in the tradition of Jerry Garcia’s Bertha.