This is the brand new album from The Hicksville Bombers 'Aroused' it features 14 tracks plus 5 bonus live recordings-
it features 8 tracks written by Dave Brown, Harmonica from Paul Chambers as well as the usual Hicksville converted covers,
A new CD from the Hicksville Bombers is becoming an annual event, coinciding nicely with the Americana International Festival, at which they seem to be the resident band. Last time they released one, “Deal with the Devil”, regular readers may remember that I remarked upon the change in lead singer, Dave Brown’s voice. A Year ago, he had developed a huskey burr to his voice, which I felt was a definite improvement on his previously clean cut tones. This time around he seems to have gone for back to a cleaner sound, but with a slight growl to his voice and once again, I have to say it suits the material that he’s performing.
The Bombers work hard, travel a lot and put on a great live show. What more could you want? Well, actually if you’re asking (rhetorical), I would suggest that you SHOULD want this CD for your collection!
The album kicks off with the driving rocker, “Lonesome feeling”, which has a short but very nice quality guitar break. For “Checking on my baby”, there is a definite Chicago blues feel, with a
persistent harmonica riff in the background and a restrained guitar break that threatens to explode but never quite strays from where it should be. “Bad things” follows, and this one will fill the
dancefloor with strollers, this is followed by an up tempo cover of Skeets McDonald’s “Heartbreaking Mama”, a favourite song of mine, so that went down well. “It aint your Business” is next and a return to that Chicago blues feel, but with the Distinctive mouth harp more in prominence, creating a great feel....arguably the best guitar break on the album, great stuff!
Next comes the title track, and that’s a nice driving stroller complete with wolf howls, that again will fill the dancefloors...this is followed by a cover of ACDC’S seminal, “Whole lotta Rosie”. Ican
understand why bands want to cover ACDC’s material, because it is basically rock n roll, but I think doing this number, which in it’s original form is nothing short of explosive, is quite brave. Those that know the original will be appalled, but the Bombers do a good job on it, and it has grown on me from the first listening. “Prettiest girl in town”, is a Dave Brown composition which I really like. A nice melody on top of a good 12 bar blues, which works really well. Several more original tunes follow, including my favourite track, “Southbound Train”, a lovely slow blues number called, “Not enough Alcahol”, a really nice version of “Little Pig”, then a great cover of Slim Harpo’s, “Don’t start crying now”. The album is finished off with some live tracks, meant to show their talents as a live outfit, but frankly, thanks to the rather quiet audience...they should have been raising the roof, so they DON’T do them justice as a live outfit...they are really good live, so that’s a bit of a shame.
All in all though, this is a really solid album and whilst dedicated Bombers fans will probably already have it and a T Shirt, which displays the really great cover. But to anyone that doesn’t have this yet....go and get it. It’s a must have for your collection!
Mike - Crackerjack Magazine (20 Jul 2010)