Quaker City Night Hawks (from the album QCNH available on Lightning Rod Records (by Bryant Liggett)
The latest release from Quaker City Night Hawks finds the band exploring an identity crisis in the best possible way. The Texas-based band has a new rhythm section and this record, simply titled QCNH, has their patented brand of straight-up Roots Rock albeit heavier with a mind set on musical exploration. The idea of putting your best foot forward in the morning may be a foreign concept for a rock and roll band, but the QCNH opener in “Better in the Morning” puts that best foot forward, kicking the album into high gear with a guitar riffs. “Suit in the Back” comes out of an R&B playbook with an admirable croon before it dives into full funk mode and “Colorado” comes off like a ballad with a Laurel Canyon feel.
“Pay to Play” moves into a psychedelic ballad neighborhood, “Fox in the Henhouse” is ripe for jam-band territory, and “Hunters Moon” walks a line directly into heavy Southern Stoner Rock. There is some real sensitive storytelling in “Elijah Ramsey,” and the song’s segueway into the near 5½ minute “Grackle King,” with its perhaps ambiguous nods to 1970’s experimental guitar, puts a dose of electric Roots music into a world of Prog Rock. Quaker City Night Hawks move back into R&B rhythms for “Tired of You Leaving” and album closer, “Freedom”, goes high for Indie Rock glory via guitar fuzz. QCNH is the best of all worlds; hippies from the heyday meet hippies from today, Garage Rockers and fans of electro-Blues grooves can find something worthy of their time.
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