Words El Jefe.
Monster Truck. The name sums up the band well IMO. With their formidable live reputation growing (CLICK HERE for my own account of the said live rep), they have soundly backed up these reports with the rock solid Sittin’ Heavy. This LP is the follow-up to 2013’s excellent Furiosity, and it most certainly lives up to my very high expectations. Whilst delivering us some more of their classic rock tunes Sittin’ Heavy isn’t Furiosity II by any means. Rather, it shows a natural progression with the songwriting and playing. The songs are ballsy, and catchy as fuck as well. They definitely deserve the great press they’ve been receiving.
‘Why Are You Not Rocking?’ is the opener, and they’re quick to let the audience know what Monster Truck are all about. An arse-kicking drum beat and some wah-drenched guitar lead into one of the LP’s catchier tunes. “Rock and roll might save your life, it might save your life tonight!”
‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’ sends more of the same message, and has some cool harmonies tossed in for good measure. The guitar work is particularly twangy on this one, too.
‘For The People’ finds MT channeling their inner Skynyrd with this ripping (future) southern rock anthem while ‘Black Forest’ has slight hints of ‘Riders On The Storm’ to it, although it does rise out of the brooding introspective vibe that ROTS has.
‘The Enforcer’ and ‘New Soul’ sees MT at their thumping, dirty best.
The final track, ‘Enjoy The Time’ sees the band kick off their cowboy boots and drop things back a gear or two.
Harmony vocals play a greater role on this record than the previous, and also, I found the funky ‘70s organ of Brandon Bliss to have more presence. Jon Harvey’s straight-down-ya-throat bass lines and massive pipes lead the charge, but without a doubt, Monster Truck is the sum of their parts. Excellent drumming, ripping organ and a blaze of guitar ALL combine to season the tunes with their classic rock come southern blues rock in a fine style. RNR attitude, melody and some excellent tunes make this one of my fave releases so far this year.
Monster Truck’s ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ is available now HERE.
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