Sons of the West is a band that appears to have properly digested the last 15 years of Alternative music. I Will Never Be Your Friend (A Shot in the Back) is a rather pleasingly fresh collection of songs that might best be described as Indie-Blues; distorted modern hooks sliced up by howling vocals.
The Album opens with the frantic “Call You Home”, which if drawing for a contemporaries comparison, sounds most like The Kings of Leon taking a shot at Blues rock. Sons of The West can be confined easily to such comparisons (whether fairly or not, at least for now). The Black Keys and White Stripes similarities stick out particularly.
But something about the band transcends the resemblances. Each track does its best to suck you in with the sexiness of its hook. But they are not just Alt-Rock peacocks trying to entice you with their bluesy feathers. They are generous musical lovers, letting the foreplay of a riff rhythmically play itself out. “Just a Ghost” plays like a dangerous lurking backpedal for almost three minutes before climaxing.
Vocalist Anthony DeSanto’s shriek is one of the main components of the album, sounding quite often like he is howling through a megaphone. His ability to appear as if he is playing his vocal chords like an instrument is quite impressive.
The best track on the album is also easily its most notable. “Walk Away” is a walk-off home run of a closer, funky and fresh, featuring the least formulated sounding composition. If the band has more like this in them, they have what it takes to be major players in the next wave of Rock music.
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