You may recall my instudio with Andrew from the Rusty Brothers, the one where he asked me to review their new CD Revival. If not, you can revisit that HERE. The album has been availabe on iTunes for a while but now you can pick up a hard copy at LoneStar Music. But, the important matter, the review!-sw
It's no secret that the Texas Music scene is rife with talent. Everyone knows a band that they love and feel should be bigger than they are. Cue the
Brother Andrew brings the lyrics to the table for Revival, Steven adds the vocals, and the expertise of drummer Derron Bell and guitarist Dwayne Bollmeyer complete the package. The album kicks off with their current radio single, “Little Sister” (which has a great video shot down at the Ernest Tubb Record shop in the Stockyards). The song is a great introduction to Texas Radio, female listeners will connect, because at heart every girl has a bit of a free spirit in her and more often than not, when a guy knows one of those free spirits, has wanted to be her anchor. That idea of being an anchor finds its way into many of the songs of the album, transitioning into the next track “Walk With Me”, as well as “Shiny Things”.
Heartbreak finds its way into the album on “Off My Mind”, with a background of organ and guitar accenting the feeling nicely. “I Will Wait for You” tells that recurring tale of star-crossed love, something that bands know all to well on the path to living the dream. The following track, “Whiskey Loves Me”, forms a nice couplet, bringing in that other common theme of the roads vices frustrating potential love.
Revival's nine tracks conclude with the smart “Paintbrush”. The clever metaphors and story behind the song are a charming way to round out the album.
Granted the Rusty Brothers could have gone the usual path with their music rather than subject themselves to the circus of a talent competition. But then Revival may have ended up a footnote in a band bio, an album released while they were still playing for tips and crowds of 20. Instead, it may be the album cited as their break, the one that makes them the next band to watch in the Texas Scene.