Monday, March 17, 2008

The Wagon

Match Made In Hell
Las Conchas Records

This California trio cut's loose on their latest powerhouse album "Match Made In Hell." Track one "The Rocker" has a vibe that reminds me of early Smashing Pumkins, while the title track, "Match Made In Hell" opens with vocal harmonies that would make a barbershop quartet proud, before slamming into a Ramones inspired riff that makes you want to pump your fist in the air. The guys slow down a bit on the next few tracks with some cleaner reggae grooves on "Too Long", and the balladesque' "See You Again" which moves back into the crunchy guitar in places. There's even a bit of country on the somber "Blueberry Sue" with it's beautiful steel guitar lines. "Chopped And Screwed" is a filler piece of noise and distorted vocals that shows this band is never predictable. "82' is another slamming number that has a thrashy punk sound, talking about what else? 1982 of course! This is a great rock & roll album that is blazing with fun and energy. These guys must be fantastic live as great as this disc is.

- Craig Harvey

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