Saturday, June 08, 2013

Album Review: Simple Machines

Title:  Simple Machines (BandCamp, Suburban Home Records, Amazon [CD], Amazon [MP3], Amazon [Vinyl], iTunes)  

Hailing from Fort Collins, CO, Arliss Nancy plays that perfect blend of rock, punk, and country that is equal parts Uncle Tupelo and Two Cow Garage on their latest album Simple Machines.  The record has a lazy intensity to it, in that it is dripping with honesty and earnestness but is in no hurry to say what it needs to say.  That laid back atmosphere makes Simple Machines perfect for lazy and relaxing summer afternoons.  And if all of that wasn’t good enough, there are excellent guest vocal appearances by Two Cow Garage’s Micah Schnabel on the album’s opener “The Crease” and Drag the River’s Jon Snodgrass on “Front Seat,” two of the record’s standout moments.  With songs that are honest and whiskey soaked, this record is a must for fans of alt country, Americana, and great twang fused rock ‘n’ roll.

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