After establishing themselves on the Boston scene with their past four albums, the Americana four piece Girls Guns and Glory are looking to expand beyond their Northeast roots with the release of Good Luck, a rather more rock n rolling affair which ties in with a short October UK tour (16-21).
Although there’s three ballads in the form of the reflective Jackson Browne-like One Of These Days, Centralia, a decidedly Parsons-esque song inspired by a former coal-mining town that’s been deserted since a fire there some 50 years ago rendered it unfit to live in, and the closing slow waltz It’s Your Choice, the emphasis is as firmly on cranked up guitars and rocking tunes. Indeed, they’ve looked back to the rock n roll originals for their touchstones here, Shake Like Jello channeling Jerry Lee, All The Way Up To Heaven and the dirty guitars riffing Built For Speed a cocktail of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and Gene Vincent while C’Mon Honey comes complete with a drum beat opening that fuses the intros to Summertime Blues and C’mon Everybody as they imagine The Ramones doing Eddie Cochrane.
As that would suggest, there’s slightly more contemporary rock n roll in the mix too, certainly sax blasting choogler Be Your Man has an air of The Mavericks about it while, with its snare beat rhythm, the infectious opener All The Way Up To Heaven captures a similar border country mood with hints of Chris Isaak and UUU is a ringing guitar-slinger in the best pump it up tradition of The Long Ryders and Jason & The Scorchers.
All the numbers are written (alone or in collaboration) by their distinctive-voiced singer Ward Hayden, save for one, a slow building, muscular gutsy guitar cover of Rockin’ Chair Money that sounds a million miles from both Bill Carlisle’s bluegrass original and the later Hank Williams rockabilly version, underlining the fact that, while GG&G may respect their influences, they’re not slaves to them.
Review by: Mike Davies
Out now on Lonesome Day Records
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