New Heathens

“If the New Heathens keep this up…”

Daily Herald, Provo, UT, July 2010

New Heathens, "Hello Disaster"

Before playing one note of "Hello Disaster," there is already a promising sign about the CD -- the words "produced by "Eric 'Roscoe' Ambel" on the back cover. Ambel, a former member of the Del-Lords and current member of the Yayhoos, knows a thing or 10 about making great no-nonsense bar-band-style rock 'n' roll. And in the New Heathens, he's working with an act that delivers the goods, as this group delivers some terrific rockers, like the grooving "Responsible" and the hard-charging "Crybaby." But "Hello Disaster" shows the New Heathens are more than a highly accomplished bar band. "Thankless War," a shuffling country-edged rocker, takes a hard look at the futility of war. "Don't Think I Can't Stop (Just Because I Don't)" is a pop-rocker that's strongly influenced by the original Byrds, but is strong enough to not be an imitation. If the New Heathens keep this up, they'll soon be mentioned alongside the likes of the Drive-By Truckers and Dave Alvin as one of the premier roots rock acts going.

-- Alan Sculley

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