Vandoliers from the album Forever available on Bloodshot Records
Vandoliers latest release Forever drives the band well beyond the ‘cowpunk’ label that is pinned on Rock’n’Roll bands that add charging twang to their brand of roots rock. However, on Forever, the six-piece Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Rock band also proves there’s some upbeat Freddy Fender influences in their record collection, filed alongside The Beat Farmers. The fantastic fiddle that opens Forever on lead cut “Miles and Miles” is the kind of tune that inspires travel….‘never seen the rocky mountains, they were just as I had dreamt’. It’s a Vandoliers road tune, optimistic and with a theme of exploration. “Troublemaker” has that cow-punk drum shuffle with big Tejano horns and more ripping fiddle. The horns take on a regal feel in “All On Black”, remaining pleasant addition that adds a New Orleans boogie vibe throughout Forever.
Guitar player and vocalist Joshua Fleming has a slightly worn voice that conveys a sense of urgency within the lyrics, especially on “Falling Again,” a tune that rings out like a confession. “Bottom Dollar Boy” is an amped-up sing-along driven by satisfying guitar lead, and just as the Vandoliers can pick it up, they can slow it down on a cut like “Cigarettes in the Rain.” The ballad closer to the album, “Tumbleweed”, with its repeated line of ‘one of these days you’ll settle down’ speaks to people always running away from or toward something; it’s a closer complete with subtle Telecaster twang trading off licks with that ever-present Rock’n’Roll fiddle.
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