Oct 152018
 

By Joshua Wallace

The Bottle Rockets have been around for 26 years and you could say they’re the fathers of roots rock and the heartland rock sound.  I particularly enjoyed their track “1000 Dollar Car” and this album has a similar feel to it. Bit Logic is the follow up to 2015’s South Broadway Athletic Club so let’s dig into it.

The first single from the record is the title track called “Bit Logic”.  This is a rockin’ track that finds the band trying to cope with today’s ever changing world and the new technology that comes with it.  Another favorite is “Highway 70 Blues” which is a fun track about getting stuck on the interstate. It’s a rut we’ve all been in from time to time and now we have a tune to blast to everyone on the interstate parking lot when we’re feeling those highway 70 blues.  Another favorite is “Bad Time To Be An Outlaw”. This cut laments on the current state of things for outlaws in country music but praises those that keep on doing what they’re doing even in the rough times.

Another favorite track from the album is “Way Down South”.  This is a road song but it’s a slower track about missing the ones you love on the road.  I really dig the guitar solo on this one. Finally, “Doomsday Letter” features another slower groove on a track that bemoans all the doomsday prophets from ancient times to today.

Bit Logic continues a long tradition of great sounding records for Bottle Rockets.  If you’re a fan of this band, the album won’t disappoint and it will make a nice addition to your record collection. Bit Logic is out everywhere on Bloodshot Records on October 12th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Bit Logic, Highway 70 Blues, Bad Time To Be An Outlaw, Way Down South, Doomsday Letter

Bottle Rockets – Bit Logic (2018)

  1. Bit Logic
  2. Highway 70 Blues
  3. Lo-Fi
  4. Bad Time To Be An Outlaw
  5. Saxophone
  6. Human Perfection
  7. Knotty Pine
  8. Way Down South
  9. Doomsday Letter
  10. Stovall’s Grave
  11. Silver Ring
Oct 152018
 

By Joshua Wallace

For me, Larry & His Flask have always been a band that has been hard to give a genre too, but they are just fun music.  You could call them a punk rock roots band, or Americana or any mix of those. They’re a high energy roots band with elements from all of those genres and then some.  Oh and they have a killer horn section. I do enjoy a good horn section. This Remedy is the band’s first album since 2013’s By The Lamplight which I was a fan of so let’s dive deep into this one.

“Atonement” starts off with a ska influenced track with a fast beat and awesome use of the horns.  I’m digging this album from the start. “Ellipsis” keeps the pace hot and heavy but brings in more string instruments.  I’m pretty sure I hear a blazing fast banjo in there but I could be wrong. It’s a nice track that is sure to inspire some mosh pits at live shows.

“Never All The Times” looks to slow things down a bit.  This track has a nice vibe with the keyboards and horns.  It works nicely to break up the faster paced tracks in the rest of the album.  “You Won’t” is a track that features some killer guitar riffs and provides a bit of a rock vibe to the proceedings.

This Remedy provides a lot new tracks that will get the live crowds going for Larry & His Flask.  I’m really digging the variety of genres the band pulls from and still manages to create a cohesive sound.  There are elements of roots, ska, rockabilly, punk and everything in between. You can count on never standing still whether you’re listening to this band live at a bar or on cd in your living room.  Give this album a listen on your favorite streaming service and then buy or download a copy. It is available everywhere October 12th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Atonement, Ellipsis, Never All The Times, Begin Again, Hoping Again, You Won’t, Behind The Curtain

Larry & His Flask – This Remedy (2018)

  1. Atonement
  2. Doing Fine
  3. This Remedy
  4. Ellipsis
  5. Never All The Times
  6. Begin Again
  7. Hoping Again
  8. The Place That It Belongs
  9. Dearly Departed
  10. You Won’t
  11. Behind The Curtain
  12. Three Manhattans
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