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Monday, January 03, 2011

CD Review: Texas Hippie Coalition - Rollin

Texas Hippie Coalition - Rollin
2010 Carved Records
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Picture an alterworld, if you will, where Motley Crue had parted with Vince Neil the first time a bit earlier than their self-titled collaboration with John Carabi. Picture then, one Phil Anselmo dropping by for a quick sojourn in the Crue camp at the time they recorded Dr. Feelgood. Sound mondo bizarro? Sure, but if you can get your head around that tip and hum a few phantom bars of Skynard and Bad Company on the side, you've got a taste for what you're in store with Texas Hippie Coalition.

Tramping through the hard rock badlands under their alias "The Band of Outlaws," Texas Hippie Coalition is not incense and peppermints; they're more like weed and whiskey. No love-ins, more like rude lap dances for this power posse, and don't be surprised if you frequent strip clubs to see the gals shimmying and slicking dance poles to the tune of "Flawed," "Cocked and Loaded," "Groupie Girl," "Saddle Sore" or "Jesus Freak" from Texas Coalition's sophomore album Rollin.

No lie, you will conjure up "Slice of Your Pie," "Sticky Sweet" and "She Goes Down" in your mind, not that Ryan "The Kid" Bennett is Tommy Lee or John Exall is Nikki Sixx. Nor do they need be. Rollin is not Dr. Feelgood verbatim or even a full-on recreation, but spin the two albums back-to-back, and there's a connection. Consider Dr. Feelgood and Rollin long-distance blood brothers.

There's plenty of Pantera riffage chunked from Randy Cooper and Anselmo-styled throat ripping courtesy of vocalist Big Dad Ritch, which combines for a party-up, party-down vibe which will get the heads shaking by those who wear denim and leather as well as polos and khakis. This is pure bar rock by a gang of Texas hellraisers looking to amp up a combined Crue-Pantera-Drowning Pool-Sabbath-Skynard attack with more chug-a-lug and cock-greasing rhythms tailor-made for weekend debauchery. Check in with "Pissed Off and Mad About It" and "Saddle Sore," for example.

Rollin calls attention to its shitkicking crusade with a precusory Black Sabbath stamp on "Intervention" and returns to an Iommi flavored two-step later in the album on "Back From Hell." Texas Hippie Coalition also tinkers with southern boogie frequently beneath their booming chords and agro yelping, evidenced on "Jesus Freak," "Rollin'" and "Flawed." Even though "Pissed Off and Mad About It" is the first official single from Rollin, "Flawed" should emerge as this band's signature sing-a-long since Big Dad Ritch really shows off some cool pentameter in his snide delivery.

Produced by David Prater (well-known for a diverse array of hard rock acts like Firehouse and Dream Theater), Texas Hippie Coalition follows up their 2008 debut album Pride of Texas with a pretty authoritative fuzz fiesta good for tossing back the Lone Star and punting scorpions to the sage with steel shanks. There's nothing fancy to Texas Hippie Coalition, and if that's your poison, then sidle up and get some.

Rating: ***1/2

1 comment:

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