â€œDamn if Slider Pines havenâ€™t come up with one hell of an addicting roots rock album here…Slider Pines seem to have all the goods to take Road Avenue Railroad to a wide audience.â€ – Sea of Tranquility
Road Avenue Railroad is a simple description of Memphis and an allegory to the bandâ€™s sound â€“ roots upgraded. Uprooted, even. All the members have an affinity for the sounds of the 60s (from Holland, Dozier and Holland through English folk rock and â€œSympathy For The Devilâ€) and it shows. Tracks like â€œThe Memphis Hackâ€ make like a sloe-gin shanty, full of fuzz and feeling. â€œMissing Street Signâ€ is a brilliant exercise in songwriting (â€œcobras and kickball / asthma and frostâ€) set to the simple-syrup style of a snare trap and Lesterâ€™s sweet Mellotron. â€œFast Trackâ€ shows off the trioâ€™s powerful ability â€“ a clamorous southern anthem where Spellmanâ€™s driving drum fills sturdy Shanksâ€™ anti-corporate sentiment. â€œTo me, Memphis is a strange mix of strip malls, lame tourist traps, unsung talent and racial unease. In my mind, itâ€™s a weird town.â€
PRAISE FOR ROAD AVENUE RAILROAD:
â€œStraightforward hard rockinâ€™ toots fare. Slider Pines pushes forward with every beat and never looks back…Pour a bit more whiskey in the iced tea, please.â€ – Aiding & Abetting
â€œRoad Avenue Railroad is an earnest rock record, a slab of angst and discomfort wrapped in guitar and Mellotron. The band draws on such inspirations as The Drams and the Old 97s…but comparisons can also be made to indie rockers the Ike Reilly Assassination and any numbe3r of other straight-ahead bands that donâ€™t try to paint themselves into a corner.â€ – Knoxville Daily Times
â€œThereâ€™s a warmth to Slider Pines that suggests music made on elderly, much loved instruments, in a time before Autotune made even the most talent-deprived at least vaguely listenable, recorded in the American South in the height of the summer.â€ – Kerrang!
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