reviewed by Scott Fisher
So I’m sitting at The 19th Hole on a Saturday night a while back… I work the night shift and I’d gotten off a little early. I’m sitting there sipping on my scotch and playing the little multiple choice TV Trivia game that seems popular with bar patrons everywhere who arrive solo and intend on keeping it that way. There are bands playing in the other room and I’m not paying much attention. At one point during a little commercial break designed into the game to make you want to come back and play again, I notice my feet are tapping, my head is bobbing, and my fingers are drumming on the table next to my scotch to the groove being slammed out by whoever the hell is on stage. I suddenly feel compelled to leave my game to go see… and I’m winning, too.
Upon approaching the stage room, I looked up to see who I would later find out to be Hounds Of Jezebel literally tearing it up. The music was lean and mean and, if I had suddenly gone deaf, I would still had been able to tell these guys knew how to put on a show by the intensity of their performance. Needless to say, I sought out the lead singer, John Curry, after their set and got a copy of their self-titled CD, which was released back in November. I was soon glad I did.
Hounds Of Jezebel is an energetic little band that seems quite at home displaying the multi-faceted sound from their current release. A heavy blues-rock sound with a strong alternative-rock feel makes every song on this album very radio friendly, all the while not letting you forget that these boys are from Texas…. damnit
Now, even though any one of the songs contained on this CD could easily be marketed as a single, there are a few I like better. And it’s funny how a lot of the time the best songs on a CD often reside right smack in the middle of the track list as if to somehow infect the others with their pure awesomeness. Well, in the case of Hounds Of Jezebel, it worked.
Opening with “One To One,” the groove is so thick, you won’t just be tapping your toes to the rhythm, but instead slamming your whole foot through the floor repeatedly. Keeping the same energy flowing, the song ends straight into the beginning of “Southern Lips” and sounds a lot like something you might hear from Golden Earring. I think that’s the point where I became hooked.
My limited ear can also hear different sounds not unlike Breaking Benjamin and Collective Soul in several of the tracks, along with some Southern Rock and Alternative bands I don’t normally listen to but still recognize. Yet these guys have managed to sound just like themselves. Rich guitar tones courtesy of Chris Loveless live comfortably on top of a tight rhythm section consisting of “Rooster” Rodriguez on bass and Mike Neyra on drums.
Definite songs to listen for are “Too Far,” “Without Love,” and “Daylight Comes.” Each one of these songs contains a heavy groove, emotional dynamics, and enough hook in the melody lines to snag you a nice-sized marlin. And you’ll definitely wanna throw up a lighter for the one ballad, “Long Road Home,” and sing along with the chorus at the top of your lungs with your eyes shut tightly.
All that from a chance encounter after getting off work early. And, by the way, if anyone finds me still logged into that little wireless TV game console, please log me off…