So, it’s the warmest, sunniest day we’ve had for 6 months, a day to throw open the windows and let in the Spring. Except I have all of mine firmly shut. Why? The new album from Trucker Diablo crashed into my inbox this morning and 11 is definitely going to be required on the dial. Some things make you happy, seeing a track list boasting 14 songs from the Truckers makes me positively ecstatic.
Kicking off with ‘Red Light On’ and, in the words of Terry Pratchett, this is ‘music with rocks in’, choppy riffs, whomping bass line and powerhouse vocals, all of which say “pour the booze, the party’s starting right here, right now”.
Second in, ‘Year of the Truck’, is pounding, loud, and has some very solid shredding. No shagging and drugs here, just real men and their trucks heading on out with a Yorkie in their back pocket.
There’s been a couple of singles from this CD already, ‘The Rebel’ being one, and rightly so. This has a real southern rock vibe going on, normally a band from Northern Ireland singing about their Trans Am would sound a bit sad, but the Truckers pull it off. Love the use of stereo jumps too, bands don’t do it enough these days, which is a shame.
I liked ‘Drive’ the first time I heard it, I think it has a real Lizzy feel to it. When I wrote the review I gave it 4 stars. BUT, this song is a real grower, each time I’ve heard it since I love it more. I’ve put it to the car test, in the sunshine, fucking spot on. Sorry boys, I revise my original review, I’m upgrading you to 5 stars.
‘Not So Superstar’ is just down and dirty rock n roll, it’s the NI version of AC/DC, raunchy guitar and tub thumping drums.
‘The Streets Run Red’, is another track with the ghost of Phil Lynott smiling down on it, I bloody love Glenn Harrison’s bass on this CD and this track showcases it to perfection. The production on Songs Of Iron is awesome, it really is faultless, each component clear as Waterford crystal but blended together to create a HUGE sound. With more whompy, driving bass,
‘Lie to Me’ is an 18 wheeler of a song, wah’y guitars, huge vocals, massive riffs, there is nothing shy or retiring about this song.
The ’ballad’ of the album, ‘Maybe You’re the One’ is no lightweight fluff, this is heartfelt and powerful. There’s a meme that goes round on Facebook that says ‘Push me against the wall and kiss me like you mean it’, metaphorically this song does just that.
‘Bulldozer’ does what it says on the tin, not one of the strongest songs on the album but to be honest that’s more to do with the quality of the all the other songs, not any lack in this one.
I love the use of the stereo channels on this album, it grabs your attention and it is used to full effect on ‘Rock Hallelujah’. Yet again I’m so impressed with the bass which is as riffy as the lead guitars.
We get a bit Southern Rock and funky with ‘Highway Radio’, Tom Harte’s vocal adapts to suit this style, as do the guitars. It would give any of the modern Stateside ‘southern’ rock bands a run for their money.
I’m seriously loving this album and I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite track but ‘When’s it Gonna Rain’ is a contender. This song has a really driving groove, shreddy guitar solo, tasty licks, in short it just plain rocks.
‘Shame on You’ and ‘I want to Party with You’ are head banging, air guitar wielding, straight rock n roll gig finishers, the beer’s been downed, everyone’s having a good time and they are really going for it before the venue kicks everyone out. At the final chord, you may just be panting on the floor wondering what the hell just happened.
You know that saying ‘That’s an hour of my life I won’t get back’? Well that doesn’t apply here, this is definitely one of the best hours you’ll spend in your life, this album kicks ass, and then some. I defy anyone not to feel better and ready to take on the world after listening to it, if you’re feeling a bit depressed I definitely prescribe a dose of SOI!