I really don’t know quite where to start with this one – and how much I can actually write. You see, ‘Damndest’ comes across as one of those infuriatingly professional and proficient albums produced by dare I say it ‘mature’ musicians with a bit of pedigree. In fact, Wes Pence who was the creative force behind Middlemarch, to whom he turned to recruit drummer Eric Moreton, instigated the band. Randy Cheek, formerly of The Libertines U.S. and Ass Ponys, and Chase Johnson, a veteran of the Athens, Georgia music scene complete the line-up.
THE READY STANCE are from Cincinnati and of the ‘here and now.’ But equally, they could have been from late- Sixties UK or West Coast, USA – or maybe even late Eighties / early Nineties UK. The eleven tracks all hover around the three and a half / four minute mark, and actually tell a complete story through music. Pretty old-school, huh?
This is one of those albums that I could quite easily have on ‘repeat’ and yet struggle to recollect much of it afterwards. It throws together elements of Americana, Alt. Country, Rock and a good helping of Indie guitar music (U.S. Style) in nice bite-size portions. The guitar work especially is pretty damn fine, with the whole package melodic, clean and concise.
I could see this being perfect driving music, probably more suited to the dusty Inter-state highways of the USA rather than the wet and miserable M6 running down the spine of good old Blighty.
Other than that, I’m struggling to get over-excited, but at the same time admiring it for what it is.
(Released via all quality digital outlets on 21st May 2012)
(7.5 / 10)