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Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg - Painkillers

AKelly   (86 reviews)

Posted: 06/27/2012 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Left Lane Cruiser are a two-piece gritty blues-rock band from Fort Wayne, Indiana. It features Freddy J IV on guitars, and Brenn "Sausage Paw" Beck on drums and vocals. In this album, they also acquired James Leg, keyboardist for fellow blues-rockers Black Diamond Heavies. Jim Diamond was brought in to cover bass duties, and Harmonica Shah to wail on the harp. Although I normally don't enjoy cover records (or know much about this genre), this one definitely stands out from the pack. These guys will definitely make you want to check out Musician’s Friend and start jamming yourself.

Painkillers is drenched in distortion and has a great live feel. Nothing is over-done or over-produced, and the songs although covers feel their own. They really used the cover record to their advantage, as recognizable songs to any music fan such as Jimi Hendrix's "If 6 was 9" or Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" are just recognizable enough to be the original writers', but with enough personal style to commend the band for covering their selection of songs.

After 4 original albums, the decision to make a cover album was actually a good one. If you're a fan of dirty blues-rock or "punk blues" as they self-proclaim on the back of the CD, then this is for you no matter what pre-concieved notions you have about cover records.

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