One Eleven Heavy

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★★★ 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.

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