Busted Knuckles & Heartbreak
This 5 song E.P. of gashouse house punk feels
good. It feels better than James Brown AND Chuck
Mangione combined. Sixer wonít make the front page of
Guitar Magazine or Rolling Stone, but the elements they invoke
are so perfectly blended that an immediate connection is solidified.
In a time when bass lines are not self-evident, Brad Lile
provides the bulk of melody. The guitars are pleasantly crunchy
and aggressive with no screaming to distract from the vocals
or arrangement. The vocals themselves, courtesy of Lee Baker,
are heartfelt, and spit out with confidence. Like Social
Distortion without the rockabilly and some early Black
Flag when they were still having fun.
Just a couple of listens and youíll be jump-rope
singing "Now itís gone itís so far gone and Iíve changed
my address" along to "Truth Hurts."
"Farmington" and "Thin White Line" are
songs for and about the road. I hope the loneliness they express
doesnít discourage them from touring here. The guitar and
bass have nice interaction and balance. An interesting double
vocal adds to the gruffness of Bakerís voice. "Fallen
Angel" features kick-start bass drums and overexposed
guitar scratching to accent misplaced accusations. "Now
I now just who is changing." The barroom altar call is
"Sugar Water" with its drunken country gospel choir.
After the backwoods folky intro, things go a little Pentecostal
and all hell breaks out. "I wined and dined her, then
I was behind her." Maybe a little Schoolhouse Rock rhythm.
This manic desperate search for the door ends too soon. Barkeep,
- Truth Hurts
- Thin White Line
- Fallen Angel
- Sugar Water