From the very beginning Bob Wayne knew that he wanted a life on the road, to play his music and share it with as many people as possible.
He started his career without an agent, manager, record label, proper touring vehicle, or full-time backing band. He picked up and moved from the Pacific Northwest to Nashville and was instantly embraced by the community of underbelly outlaws whose stripped down and straightforward country cuts through the mainstream noise and pop pretenders. “You can’t rely on waiting around,” Bob insists. “You just go. That’s what I do. I’m just going to keep doing it.”
‘Till The Wheels Fall Off’ shows us a great reflection of Bob’s personality and outlook on life. It is filled with fun and frolics, not to mention an outstanding lust for life!
Bob has the ability to sit you down and create a story in your mind through his music. A fantastic conjurer of imagery, this album is a wonderful collection of stories, some with elements of real life, some written purely for entertainment.
‘Hunger in My Soul’ is one of my favourite tracks among others. I love the rhythm of the bass in this track. It tells a great story and is most definitely a stellar example of Bob Wayne at his best. In fact, I can’t fault one track on here. The quality of the musicianship is so high and goes to show that you can play Country and rock at the same time. This entire record is oozing charisma and talent.
Definitely Country,‘Till The Wheels Fall Off’ has a kind of swagger that only Bob Wayne could pull off. The album is laced with profanity which you don’t often get on a typical Country album, and shows us the rebel that Bob is, and that he isn’t afraid to just be himself. This latest offering has Bob’s own rebellious and ‘fuck you if you can’t take a joke’ stamp on it and I for one, love it!
This outlaw is making waves within the industry and his direct approach is striking a chord amongst music fans across the genres. Bob’s songs, although a little ‘sweary’ at times are written with the utmost passion and is Country music at it’s most raw.
‘Till The Wheels Fall Off’ is an album that will make you happy, it might make you sad, it will make you dance, but most of all it will make you smile. Not to be missed!
If you fancy getting in on the action that is Bob Wayne, he has been barnstorming his way across Europe and is playing a few dates in the UK (yes, they let him in this time) so be sure not to miss out and make sure you book your tickets pronto!
04-06-2012: Stamford (UK) @ Voodoo Lounge
05-06-2012: London (UK) @ Borderline
06-06-2012: Nottingham (UK) @ The Navigation
07-06-2012: Manchester (UK) @ Roadhouse
Gasoline Thrill, a predominantly female band comprises of Samara Kain (vocals/guitar), Marf Lewis (guitar), Monica Nix (bass) and Dave Guy (drums).
Formed by Samara and having previously recorded under the name of Catfight, Gasoline Thrill is a raw, edgy band with an appetite for sharp and fast riffs.
Their latest album ‘Burn’ is packed with raunchy rock’n’roll numbers, played feverishly under bawdy vocals. This 13 track album is definitely versatile, with more ubiquitous tracks such as, ‘Break’, ‘Leeches’ and ‘Never Go Back’ entailing punky guitar riffs, mixed with tight drums, and less heavy songs like the haunting ‘Kill me again’ or tracks like ‘Hayleen’; which are filled with raw emotion.
The music sounds a lot like The Distillers crossed with The Runaways. Imagine if Kurt Cobain had been born a girl and you’re somewhere along the right lines of Gasoline Thrill. Their sound matches their ballsy, but articulate demeanour; the album isn’t short of songs that will get your heart thumping.
The album opens with ‘Afraid’ - consisting of throaty vocals, backed by bulky guitar work. With its almost anthemic chorus, this is a track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Next is ‘Break’ - a more frantic and old school punk track that builds up into a big climax.
‘Break’ is closely followed by ‘Burn The Flame’, which is the first of the softer songs on the album, beginning with just an acoustic and Samara’s voice, it ascends into a very emotional, almost pleading song, and although instrumentally sounds quite simple and clean, that’s what makes it all the more thrilling. It contains a wonderful dream-like guitar solo about half way through, which is in good keeping with the ethos of the song.
Taking the pace back up, Track 4 - ‘Enemy’ brings back that raw punchy sound, as does ‘Hayleen’ which also has an element of melancholy to it.
‘Kill Me Again’ is the next track which begins with a slower tempo, building up to a crescendo at each chorus within which are shimmering drum beats, lingering vocals and quite a refined guitar hook.
‘Kill Me Again’ is followed by ‘Leeches’, ‘Let Me Down’ then ‘Never Go Back’ all typical of the strong and heavy riffs we have come to expect from Gasoline Thrill by now.
Track 10 ‘Singing’ is one of the catchiest on the album, with its simple chorus and pure guitars; it’s not only easy on the ear, but quite uplifting, and definitely will be one of the ones stuck in your head for weeks to come.
One of the stand out tracks for me is ‘So Be It’ which is a more mellow, lurching route into a punchy chorus proclaiming “I hate your guts, I hate your lies!” Another, is the penultimate one - ‘Walking On Steel’ which begins with warm vibrations that build up to a rich full climax. Samara’s sultry tones really shine through in this one.
Finally, closing the album is ‘The Pill’ starting just as abruptly as it ends this track really shows you what the album is made of. Rich and full, it showcases how tight the instruments are, and just how fierce these girls (and guy!) are.
‘Burn’ is overall a raunchy, lustful album produced by girls with swagger that Gwen Stefani wishes she could reproduce.
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