Album review: THE TEXAS FLOOD – Young Dogs, Old Tricks

THE TEXAS FLOOD - Young Dogs, Old Tricks

To The Bone Records [Release date: 21.06.14] www.thetexasflood.co.uk

Whilst relatively new-ish on the scene ‘The Texas Flood’ have done the groundwork and built up a solid fanbase by gigging and getting themselves out there.

TTF entered a national competition, Highway To Hell 5, earlier this year with hundreds of other bands and consequently battled their way to the finals in Glasgow. They were voted unanimously by fans and media as the National Winners.  A trio power house from South Wales with their own vintage sound.

Now having released their debut album ‘Young Dogs, Old Tricks’ – which follows their 2012 EP ‘Worth The Whiskey’ – they are set to go to the next level having recently signed to the label Off Yer Rocka.

I always think that with a three-piece band there is nowhere to hide and the whole sound depends on the tightness and quality that each member brings to the mix and with these guys it just works extremely well.

Great solid drumming, plenty of riffs and licks on the guitar, and one of the finest bass players I have heard in a long time who throws intricate bass melodies around all the songs akin to the late great John Entwistle.

Album opener ‘Cards’ lays out the style for the album, a dirty lead guitar intro which is joined by a hard hitting drum beat all backed by the intricate and precise bass guitar, a formula that gives the rock groove sound that runs right through the album.

With standout tracks like ‘Linda’, ‘Rock And Roll Queen’ and ‘Take My Time’ I can see a good number of new fans coming into the fold on the strength of the album alone never mind their live shows.  Album closer ‘Bulletproof’ again sums up the album, albeit with some slight corny lyrics!

This is not complicated music: it’s basic, vibrant, and has that feel good factor to ensure durability.  ****1/2

Review by Simon Dunkerley

The Texas Flood have signed an initial two album deal with Off Yer Rocka Recordings worldwide.


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