The inspired and prolific John Darnielle leads his loose band (often it’s just voice and either acoustic guitar or piano) through a dozen songs titled after biblical verses.
While I can play a little guitar, I am not a musician by any stretch of the imagination. Songwriter, maybe. Musician, absolutely not.
The Elms sound like Big & Rich attempting John Fogerty. Distortion and excessive soloing seem to be included as a failed attempt to make up for pedestrian lyricism.
You’d be excused for wondering whether the Houston-based Rusted Shut were much of a band, considering over the course of what couldn’t even arguably be called a “career&rdqu
I’m gonna go ahead and say it: I didn’t side-by-side these remasters with the original releases. I didn’t see the point. Mainly because these are Jesus Lizard records, man.
In an age of ironic appreciation,
At first glance, Bloomington, Ind., trio Push-Pull are just another rush of punk silliness.
Lou Barlow has grown older with a grace few ’90s stalwarts have, and on Goodnight Unknown, he shows his knack for songwriting.
While these local country bluesmen might have the swagger of a confident bar band, on record any kind of substance might still be far away.
So, are they like the Traveling Wilburys, throwing together funny pastiches? Not quite. But Jim James, M.