Outlaws & Moonshine: ‘1919’

Outlaws & Moonshine CD coverOUTLAWS & MOONSHINE
To be released on October 16, 2015 (HighVolMusic)

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.

Track List:
01. Cootie Brown
02. Whiskey
03. Hey Y’All
04. Redneck Me
05. Different Kind Of Man

Band Members:
Beau Van – vocals, guitar
Chris Van – bass
Mike Back – guitar, vocals
Eric Piper – drums

Band Websites:
Official Website

Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, September 2015

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