It is kind of unfortunate that I did not get my review of Outlaws & Moonshine‘s upcoming EP 1919 done when I first heard the album because in the meantime, I heard The Wild!‘s GxDxWxB, which really blew me away. I consider Outlaws & Moonshine to play sort of the same brand of southern tinged hillbilly rock as The Wild! but the former play at a much slower pace and a lot less fury than the latter. Had I completed my review of 1919 prior to listening to The Wild!‘s GxDxWxB, I would have probably given a stronger review to 1919.
That being said, I like all the tracks on Outlaws & Moonshine‘s debut EP. The songs are well crafted. I like frontman Beau Van‘s gritty voice. I enjoy the “New Southern Rock” that the Indiana rockers offer up — but something is missing. Although I like all of the tracks on 1919, I like at least a few faster paced songs and that is unfortunately lacking on Outlaws & Moonshine’s debut EP. My favorite tracks on 1919 have fluctuated the more I listen to the album and just about every track at one point or another has been my favorite. This is really a testament that there are no weak tracks on 1919. Funny enough, as I am writing this review, I am still debating which songs I like best. But if I got to pick one track over the others, I’ll go with “Hey Y’All” which displays some real outlaw cowboy attitude during the verses yet is contrasted with a lighter easy sing along chorus. As what seems to be the norm these days with bands’ debut albums, there are simply no filler tracks on Outlaws & Moonshine but it is also on the short side with only five tracks. To sum it up, 1919 is solid from start to finish but does not blow me away.
01. Cootie Brown
03. Hey Y’All
04. Redneck Me
05. Different Kind Of Man
Beau Van – vocals, guitar
Chris Van – bass
Mike Back – guitar, vocals
Eric Piper – drums
Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, September 2015
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