Southern rockers Lullwater have re-surfaced with their 2011
release Silhouette from Spectra Records. The rock quartet from
Athens, Georgia is a crossbreed of Saving Abel's searing guitar
shreds and Zac Brown's husky voicing. Fronted by guitarist
John Strickland, Lullwater's music is swaddled in steaming
guitar flusters by lead guitarist Brett Strickland with an
undertow of rumbling beats orchestrated by drummer Nick Thomas
and bass guitarist Roy Beatty.
Though the music is testosterone-fuelled, the lyrics show a consciousness
that has a feminine touch like in "Broken Wings" when John
reflects, "With bloodshot eyes I begin to see/rise above the
fray, rise above the fire". Sometimes the words even have a poetic
bent, like in "Low" with perceptive observations that muse,
"Quicksand of words swallow me whole". The bowing of the
guitar chords in "Whatever Happened" vents the frustration
expressed in the lyrics, "Sometimes I think this country is going
straight to Hell with a casket made of Botox and prescription pills".
Other times the lyrics are more ubiquitous and easy to relate to like
in "Amsterdam" as John recites, "Don't know where I'm
going but I sure as hell know where I've been."
The seething growls of Brett's guitar burns infuse a compulsive
spiking along "Worse By Better" and flare up into chucky
shards through "Let Me Out". The intervals along "Low"
alternate from balladry simmers to fiery thrusts complimenting the
country rock chassis of "Faithful Sinners" which adds
an element of balmy Southern comforts. The quartet keeps the tracks
mobile and crafts each song individually while maintaining a brute
strength in the guitar shreds and the rhythmic thrusts.
Lullwater speak their minds verbally and musically on their album
Silhouette. They play their songs the way they like and people
can take it or leave it, but no one can deny that there is a genuineness
about this band that inspires the same quality in their audience.
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