The Australian rock trio Them Rumblin’ Bones released their ten track début eponymous LP on the 13th.
The opening track Cravings sets the mood for the album with a heavy dose of hard-hitting rock that rattles from the speakers in a power-packed just over three and a half minutes of screaming rock.
Next is Troublin’ Times, which buffers the punches marginally in a rumbling current of guitars and percussion highlighted by a classic heavy-metal vocal in a number that varies pace and texture.
My pick of the release is the third – American Songwriter, which is an altogether different frame of mind which has an extemporised flow of instrumentation and precisely snapped drums, giving it an organic flow that forms into intriguing, almost tactile shapes as it evolves.
Taste It takes the mind straight back to ’70s rock in a roomy upbeat tempo.
Bye Bye It’s Over – gladly doesn’t mark the end of the album, merely the end of the first half and discovers Them Rumblin’ Bones in full flow of rocking rock ‘n’ roll. Well worth putting on immediate repeat.
Dragon’s Tounge is as an intricate interweaving of brooding measured rock in approaching five and five sixths minutes of sub-woofer twitching bass-line.
The longest track on the album at beyond six minutes is California Sun, but none of the three hundred and seventy nine seconds are extraneous as Them Rumblin’ Bones deliver a jogging boogie-blues that has the audience bouncing along with the skipping drum-kit and bass. Worth the price of the LP on its own.
Woke This Man once again allows guitar to take centre stage in a whammy bar blousy funkadelic blues number.
If you are a particular fan of blues rock – Racing Red Lights is where you need to be heading, in what is the most emotive track on the LP.
Closing with Shadowbox A Billionaire, Them Rumblin’ Bones, add another player giving the two six string guitars the spotlight as they snake around each other, not as lead and rhythm but as though one and once again allowing them to deliver a track that has the sense of being an organic being and the only regret is that it only last for a fraction over five minutes.
Experienced musicians, which is more than borne out in the manner by which they approached the album, as they selected to create the final thoughts in what can be considered ‘jammin sessions’, giving the just under fifty minute LP (available on bandcamp) the feeling that it is a living and breathing entity, enabling the listener to head back and discover something new each time.
I am already looking forward to the follow-up.
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