The Antiques – Nicknames & Natives

by Woody on November 26, 2006

The Antiques Cover Art
After hearing The Antiques for the first time, I was shocked to hear that they hailed from the same city that gave us The Crue and GnR. There’s nothing LA about this band. Feels like they should be from Austin or Kentucky.

Nicknames and Natives feels like a nice slice of Americana. You can hear the influences of yesteryear such as Neil Young, The Band and bands of today such as Wilco and moe. As it says on their website, “Barro’s intentions as a songwriter are not to replicate the original sound of Rock music, but to acknowledge it and update it.”

To his credit, Barro has done a nice job. These guys obviously grew up listening to the same music I did. They could have taken the easy way out and just rewrote classics, but instead, they put their own spin on their influences and produced a great album.

Highlights include the rootsy sounding “Pigless” and “Gun Shy.” “Dawn” has some nice steel guitar on it as does a good portion of the disc by Josh Hertz. If you dig this, I would also check out At The X, a 5 song acoustic EP that features Tim Blum of The Mother Hips.

Pigless

Silver Lining

Down to No. County

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