I received a notification from StoryAmp about this EP and my interest was sufficiently piqued with one audio sample to request a review copy. Now, I will say this loyal reader. If you play the opening track "You're Gonna Get It" for your friends and ask them to guess who this is, I'm willing to bet that they would guess The Black Keys. In fact, there is some similarity between this song and "Gold on the Ceiling." However, this song is what The Black Keys did before they realized they could make a lot of money by altering their sound so they could appear on late-night TV shows. In other words, "You're Gonna Get it" has that kind of rough, bluesy sound that The Black Keys used to have.
But that doesn't give a full picture of this band. It is one part Bruce Springsteen, one part trashy blues, one part gospel. The Springsteen sound comes at the beginning of "Hole in the Desert," which sounds reminiscent of Springsteen's solo albums like Nebraska. The trashy blues sound is prominent throughout. The gospel sound can be found in "Ode to Bailey." There is no other description for the sound of this song than gospel. This song is done a capella and the voices sound a lot like a choir you would hear at a cool church service.
One other thing to note about this album is the song "Crazy Town." This song has a line for every guy that's ever fallen for a really hot chick whose hotness can't overcome her...let's just say instability. "Just because you're pretty doesn't mean you're not crazy." Ahem. I don't think that could be said any better.
Zach Walther's new EP Seduce the Backbeat will be available on 7 January. If you like your rock a little raw, Zach Walther will fit right into your collection.