Roadhouse began twenty years ago as a big bad bar-room blues band but it’s now eased into a swampy voodoo vein with Gary Boner, the brains behind the outfit, writing or co-writing most of the songs.
On this CD his soulfully precise lead guitar and raspy, leathery whispered vocals are to the fore: alongside three girl singers who feature strongly on songs like the chugging Tellin Lies and So Over You, which has more than a hint of Stevie Nicks about it.
There are just two blues based numbers here; T-Bone Walkers ‘Stormy Monday’ and Boner’s own Working Class Gospel Drinking Blues. The rest are straight ahead rock numbers like ‘Too Tired To Pray’ , epic gothic ballads like ‘Dark Angel’ and the nervy southern funk tune ‘Swamp Girl’ which contains some swirling psychadelic guitar runs that heighten the songs dark feel. This CD should be the one that propels Roadhouse into the big time.