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Old Heavy Hands (from the album Small Fires available on Spitting Daggers Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Old Heavy Hands live at a audibly joyful intersection of Rock and Folk, Country and Soul. It is an emotionally charged intersection as well. While Old Heavy Hands are dropping Rock melodies, lyrically they are laying it out and baring it all. The latest album release in Small Fires is a solid representation of modern Roots music, a bit of Alt Country and Southern Soul, all delivered in a Rock’n’Roll package.
Sadness arrives out of the gate as vocalist Larry Wayne sings ‘heard you were leaving town with another boy’ on “Runaround”. That mood, and mode, continues into “Old Demons” when that sadness becomes passionate riffage offering solid support for the lyrical state of the song. “Coming Down” treads into Southern psyche territory, with great lyrical lines like ‘ain’t no reason to wake up when you can’t sleep’ continuing the theme of loss, and “Scoreboard Lights” with its musically Roots Pop vibe while the lyrics speak of not falling into regret for your past. There’s also some trim the fat down simplicity as “Hands of Time” is ripe for a front porch picking all the way down to the rough but glorious harmonies.
Small Fires will keep Old Heavy Hands in solid company with Lucero, American Aquarium, and even The Boss. A Rock’n’Roll record that’s musically loud and proud stacked with stories from everyone’s past. This is emotional music, a record that addresses all of the feelings of the human condition, making you think ‘yeah, I felt like that once’ in every cut. (Bryant Liggett)
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