Joel Murach (guitar/vocals), Tom Murach (drums/vocals) and Colin Peden (bass/vocals) make up The Low Rollers. The band plays a of American country, rock, folk into a familiar sounding batch of songs on their ten-song album entitled LOUDER.
The songs are fun, well written and well delivered but they don’t bring much of anything new to the table. Not every band needs to try and reinvent a style and that’s perfectly fine. The Low Rollers keep it simple yet effective. One of the strengths of LOUDER is the pacing. They put some thought in the sequential order of the songs and that’s ultimately what makes LOUDER a success. There weren’t any songs that stood heads and shoulders above the rest but instead the album streams consistently solid songwriting with dynamic peaks and valleys.
The album starts with “Small dirty > Red wine” which is more or less two songs in one. They rock out a dirty, bluesy riff that is vacant of vocals. It isn’t until the second half of the song that vocals are introduced into the mix. The band can be compared to The Black Keys as they rock out pretty hard and incorporate effective vocal harmonies.
“Here she comes” is more country and less rock while “Misty Tommy” is an impressive instrumental piece. As the album progresses there are a couple of highlights including fast paced rockabilly knee slapping “Rattlesnake” and darker sounding “Marquee lights.” They close with “Live now,” which is hopeful, nostalgic and a good way to end the album.
LOUDER might get lost in the ether with music that sounds similar but is an enjoyable album from beginning to end. Recommended.
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