DarkHorse Saloon – Greetings From


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DarkHorse Saloon are an all guts and no frills rock group from Jacksonville, Florida. They’ve stripped everything down to its most basic form and rolled with it, letting the attitude of the songs do the talking. With no pun intended, this whole aura of this record is just permeating with beer and cigarette smoke. They’ve managed to take the “bar band” vibe and hone it into something big and powerful with their record, Greetings From.

Occasionally nodding towards similar bands such as the White Stripes or Eagles of Death Metal, “Greetings From” is a straightforward Rock and Roll journey with no surprises or hidden messages. The opening track “My Wave” starts with a sort of Ventures-type riff played under a single resonant tremolo chord to create a serious and “nighttime” sounding vibe before erupting into a loud, spacious and classic blues rock tirade that only eases briefly before coming right back again. From here on out it pretty much never stops; the rest of the record is a non-stop ride right until the finish.

The album is recorded beautifully with the instruments being mixed so far apart that the dynamic character of each instrument and amp sounds as though you are in the room while it is being played. This allows for a relatively unique listening perspective. Typically dynamics are a luxury reserved for concerts and vinyl. Not so in this case. It honestly sounds like a well mic’d performance. The tones and clarity are so good in fact that it would let any offensive notes or missed beats stand out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, this record just doesn’t disappoint in that category. Instead you get to hear all of the fuzzed full stack tone dialed down to it’s sweetest of spots.

This album is about attitude. Like The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, what you see is what you get. No extended solos, no psychedelic layering or any of that. It’s just stripped down and honest, and just to the right amount. Essentially what they lack in needless additions are their loudest attribute. What is “missing” from this record is what makes it so strong and such a standout in a sea of Top 40 sound-a-like bands with no vision. There is nothing pretty or cute about this record. It’s just balls to the wall Rock and Roll Americana that you can nod your head and drink a beer to so long as you play it nice and loud, as intended.

4 out of 5 stars.

Album: Greetings From
Release Date: April 22, 2011
Genre(s): Alternative/Blues Rock/Indie
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Members: Mike Fitzgerald – Guitar & Vocals, Coling Cowing – Bass, Carl Nishiyama – Drums
Label: Unsigned





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