Rustic overtones could easily be pegged as a rambunctious, horn-driven party band. And yet there is much more to their complex sound. Without a doubt they lean heavily on their supremely talented horny chemistry, but the pairing of sweeping vocals, dramatic bass and thundering drums adds much more dimension to their music.
“The Calm” and “Rock Like War” lead off the Light at the End with an anthem-like nature, yet the subtle and simplistic “Letter to the President” carries a meaningful message with lyrics like, “My family and friends all pray that God is watching over me, even God can’t save us now. Mr. President I’m writing you this poem, and I sent along a picture of my family back at home. I hear my heartbeat loud out in these killing fields alone. I always hit my target I just miss my happy home. When will be the end of this all?”
“Hardest Way Possible” slowly covers listeners like a warm quilt before hitting you with the swinging groove of a Motown jam. Then Dave Gutter’s smooth vocals drift in over top a tight pop of a snare drum provided by Tony McNaboe. With such a strong horn influence, the band impress the most when they pull back the reigns and use Dave Noyes’ trombone, Ryan Zoidis’ alto sax and Jason Ward’s baritone sax to accent the overall sound of a talented band, easily lost in the mix of horn blasts and high energy playing.
But they also let the horns lead the way on tracks like “Carsick” and “Light at the End of the Tunnel”. Produced by legendary Tony Visconti, Light at the End offers up a picturesque view of a band on the verge of greatness.
Light at the End is out now on Velour Recordings.