dinsdag 25 augustus 2015

Drive By Wire – The Whole Shebang

Drive By Wire – The Whole Shebang
My First Sonny Weissmuller Recordings/Konkurrent – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Desert
Rated: ****

We all know how it would sound if PJ Harvey would join Queens of The Stone age after that damn fine nine and tenth Desert Sessions album, which featured Lady Polly on seven or eight songs, depending the version. But what if they would truly join forces and record an entire album together. Well, put on the third album The Whole Shebang by Dutch quartet Drive By Wire and hear the result. Sure, we can also put on their first two records, but they never sounded this true to themselves before. Opting for the simple tunes on occasion and for the slow and leisure rock is never a cop out when it sounds this good. They have stuck to their ground and the age old principle, you can only make good music if you produce the stuff for your own ears. And there is no doubt in my mind that this record is on heavy rotation at their homes, and surely more than their first two. They have the grimy fuzz rockers straight from the desert, the dark art from the subterranean high streets and the twisted motives of the shady people lurking in the cul de sacs around the industrial areas. There’s something razor-sharp about these compositions. Thumping basses and cutting riffs make sure you are on edge, from the first rocket Kerosine Dreams to the last slow and dangerous Nightstalker cover Voodoo You Do. And those two lazy and snaking tracks River Run and Promised The Night are exactly the kind of tunes that sets the killer loose…

(Written by JK)

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