Nashville Pussy – Get Some (CD)

When one listens to what is called rock nowadays (and metal too), the booze-soaked rock of Nashville Pussy is nowhere to be heard. What dominates is the bland new-rock of bands like Disturbed, Ditchwat, and the whiny pseudo-rock of bands like Nickelback and Creed. Rock had bands along its way that really lived this down and dirty lifestyle, but besides Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, and Monster Magnet the entire sound has largely been abandoned. Nashville Pussy really breathes some life into the genre, as “Come On Come On” mixes the vocals of AC/DC with guitar licks deserving of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy.

The cohesion enjoyed by the tracks on “Get Some” will make it incredibly easy to sit back, pop a cold one and zone out while the band assaults all senses with their quick tempo, solid guitar work, and screeched-out vocals. What usually befalls these rock acts is that the average track does not add anything new to the overall sound; Nashville Pussy are mature enough in their history to actually bring new things to the table in a constant way. “Good Night For A Heartattack” seems to draw some influence from the Horrorpops, as the bass line resembles the sound of a stand-up, while the drumming is a stop-start sound that is consistent with the “gothabilly” bands (who also include Tiger Army and Nekromantix). The extended guitar solo on “Hell Ain’t What It Used To Be” is not the typical one that noodles around at the bottom of the guitar, but really uses nuanced arrangements instead of this normal ploy to draw individuals ever closer in.

Interestingly enough, lead vocalist Blaine even learns a few new tricks for some tracks on “Get Some”. For example, “Raisin Hell Again” (which uses some nice swamp rock-styled guitar lines has Blaine singing in a way that should recall Lemmy (Motorhead), matching the living legend in intensity and even mixes in a little Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl) for good measure. This is not the ironic look back at rock that bands like The Darkness are guilty of, nor are Nashville Pussy playing a brand of rock that sounds overly dated; rather, this music is as current and as fresh as it could possibly be. The energetic production of this disc makes “Get Some” sounds as if the listener is right in the bar with the band (albeit much better sounding).

Top Tracks: Atlanta’s Still Burnin, Good Night For A Heartattack

Rating: 6.8/10

Nashville Pussy – Get Some / 2005 Eagle Rock / 13 Tracks / http://www.nashvillepussy.com / http://www.spitfirerecords.com / Reviewed 21 September 2005

Author: James McQuiston

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