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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Garage Door Records - Shanytown - Shanytown (self-titled) - New Release Review

I just received the new self-titled release from Shanytown and it hits like a chainsaw! Opening with Redneck, a track with plenty of grit and swagger, these descendents of the Van Zant family and Lynyrd Skynyrd are cutting a new path in southern rock. Oh, the guitar is there and the pounding beat is there but this has a sound all of it's own. Featuring Ronnie Morris on guitar and lead vocal, Robbie Morris on drums, Kevin Williams on guitars and vocals and Charles Moody these guys are hitting the road running. Buddy Harrington plays fiddle on this opener giving it a country flavor. Peace Of Mind is a rock ballad well suited for airplay. With it's southern story line and harmonic vocals it may call to mind even moreso, Marshall Tucker Band, again but with a new spin. Mexico has a real heavy bass and growl on guitar having a strong metal or garage influence but not leaving the southern rock stream. Shany Town has a cool guitar riff and a sound reminiscent of I Ain't The One with a lot of spunk and country kick. Brother is a slower ballad with vocal doubling and stinging guitar riffs again with more of a heavy overtone and finely articulated guitar arpeggios. Fishing is another radio bound track with a taste of John Mellencamp. Key southern rock clues are ever present in the rhythm patterns and guitar riffs but the sound is fresh. One More Night opens with vocals over arpegiated chords and a sound space backing but develops into a full rocker sounding like 38 Special at it's best. Loud Pipes is a road driver with a solid bottom and some of the flashiest guitar work on the release. Justin's Song is another track that could easily find favorable airplay. These guy have a knack for keeping the sting in a memorable tune. Wrapping the release, Lost Souls displays some really fat slide work making this easily the my favorite track on the release.

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