With a warm exuberance for 1970s AM radio, the crunchy guitar swagger of Kiss’ Alive!, and a faint step to vintage Los Angeles country rock, The Lonely H’s latest maps out the hip back alleys of a seedier time.
Nothing sonically places Hair in the present day—the snarling riffage, soaring melodies and subtle string arrangements make this a powerhouse, even with a gorgeous softness that would make Alan Parsons blush. And here’s the shocker: What could be the product of studio-tested, middle-aged players is instead the contagious offering from five precocious Port Angeles, Wash. teenagers who still have the option of attending the spring prom.
The antithesis to their jock-friendly hometown—also the birthplace of Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway—The Lonely H’s stripped-down youthful sound could be ripped from a time capsule. “The Drought” is a prog rock voyage with the modernity of a Wolfmother axefest. “Rollin’” is an acoustic jaunt led by Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy with versatile frontier pop.
Hair is heavily produced, but it belongs on a nostalgic continuum; a pleasant reminder that retro is not passé. (Jonathan Stumpf)
The Lonely H perform at Sean Kelly’s Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9 PM. Cover TBA. Call 542-1471.