Frontman of The Southern River Band, Callum Kramer described the album “like taking public transport from Hound Dog Taylor up to Iron Maiden, stopping at all points in-between,” and it’s spot on, the band refuses to be pigeonholed into any specific section of rock and roll.
The album starts off in a big way, giving you that carefree rock and roll feel right from the very first phrase. “Smoke like a chimney, drink like a fish” these lyrics coupled with a “blow-your-tits-clean-off” riff, as described by the band, it’s definitely the heaviest song of the album and it starts it off with heaps of energy.
The next single, ‘Second Best’ is a hook-driven, guitar-heavy jam and brings forth a slightly new sound for the band, putting on display a gentler vocalised piece with a clear 70’s rock n roll sound.
‘Do you miss me?’, slows things down a lot and takes you to a more relaxed deep place, displaying a more melodic and tender sound for the usually high energy band, this one will surely have you swaying and singing along.
The album is a journey through rock and roll with their 70’s style, ranging from their classic punchy vocals and hard riffs to a softer tender sound and only grows on you with each listen.
Reviewed by Bert Seaton