Peyton on Patton ****
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band covers legendary blues artist Charley Patton and was released July 26th. Peyton, a Brown County Indiana blues band, is ambitious straight out of the gate with this effort. These striped down tunes are fresh and glorious and not in the slightest commercially acceptable which makes them even more wonderful. Peyton’s homage to his musical roots is tastefully done and refreshingly pure. By the time you get to “Elder Greene Blues”, you know you’re into a unique recording. The slide guitar version of “Some of these days” is especially slick.
Rock n Roll Road ****
Slavin’ David & Loose Gravel help you into your honky tonk, rockin-blues shoes to kick up your heels and get down with this new release. If your looking for a electrifying guitar solos & riffs, check out “Blackjack 21” and the title track “Rock n Roll Road”. Even the slower tunes have soul to them and offer a blues based, old school rock music that’s been drowned out by kitchen-sink Indie rock music these days. Let’s hope for more rock from these guys so we can roll to the jams. Slavin’ David & Loose Gravel are playing LA’s west side July 30th at Talking Stick in Venice.
I’m Back…Family & Friends *****
Sly Stone sounds better than ever with this up and coming Aug 16th release. It cracks open with “Dance to the music” as The Doors Ray Manzarek pipes up the keys in a background nod to sassy soul songs. “Everyday People” has Heart’s Ann Wilson singing along, Jeff Beck plays on “(I want to take you) Higher”, and Bootsey Collins plays on “Hot fun in the Summertime”. Famous musicians aside, these tracks hold the test of times as funk classics and sound just as fresh as they did in the 1970’s. The bonus of this album is that they have three club mix versions which are the best dance mixes heard in ages. The whole album is a must have if you love to get funky.
The Silent Revolution **
Standing Shadows released this effort in March this past year and have successfully created a tar based rock sound. Slow and dreary with underlying pop sensibilities and Muse-like vocals, listen to the title track “Silent Revolution” to get their melding of thick, industrial, darkness. “We are Everlasting” is the most uplifting, potential hit worthy power song on the EP. The tracks seem to be building to something better down the road, but mostly are just standing waiting for the next drum fill. The potential talent of Standing Shadows is obvious, but they are still trudging along the experimental super highway like a turtle in mud.
You are all I see **
Active Child creates a underwater vibration with their dreamy, illusive sound in this soon to be released effort which hits stores August 23rd. Simplistic and naked in their sound, it often feels like being trapped in a desensitization tank in a northern icelandic cabin. “See through eyes” raises the stakes a notch with moving percussions, and Ah-Ha like vocals, but most of this album makes you want to get acupuncture or take a nap. Active Child will be playing a month long residency at The Echo in August.
The Last Place *****
Army Navy released this LP on July 12th. A effervescent collective of echoey pop tunes, this LA based group is spear headed by Justin Kennedy, a Seattle native who began creating music with death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard years ago. Check out “The Long Goodbye” which has the early 90’s Manchester pop sensibilities and seems like a beautiful flashback to that innocent faux 60’s sound. “Wonderland to Waterloo” has a beautiful turn of solitude wrapped around a pleasant blanket of melodies. This entire album has hidden gems throughout it and should be listened to in it’s entirety straight through because each song holds a special trinket of gold within it when you listen closely.