The Gourds 11th studio album—released just this week—is the only logical follow-up to the band’s last album, Noble Creatures. It’s the band’s strongest collection of hard-hitting songs to date.
With Creatures, The Gourds proved that they could write to their more sensitive side with ballads like “Promenade.” But with Haymaker! the band smacks the listener right in the chops with a hodge-podge of good-old, Gourds-style rock ’n’ roll.
The funny thing about The Gourds is that they have the uncanny ability to write new tunes that are incredibly easy to get to know. Comfort music if you will, full of characters and imagery that leave you feeling like you just got drunk with an old friend. It’s probably what makes this Austin outfit a regular favorite in Missoula.
Early standouts on Haymaker! include “Thurman,” a jangly rocker in the Jimmy Smith tradition, and “All The Way To Jericho,” an anthemic, feel good number penned by Kev Russell and destined to be a crowd pleaser at live shows.
No standing eight count needed here. Haymaker! sounds like an early knockout. (Al Pils)