Vandoliers – Forever (album review)

by Woody on February 26, 2019

credit: Mike Brooks

Last year when I saw the Dallas six-piece, Vandoliers, slated to pay the Bloodshot BBQ at SXSW; I thought to myself, “Yep, that seems about right.” Described by me as Eliott BROOD, but with a little Tex-Mex flavor to it; Vandoliers are cowpunk through and through.

Led by Josh Fleming, the boys kick out an earnest heart-on-your-sleeve 10 track effort that begs to be heard in a live setting. Like The Old 97s, a band that Fleming cites as a major influence, their tracks beg to screamed at the top of your lungs with no care for tomorrow.

As you listen to these tracks, you get a good feel for their lives. As a band that spends half a year on the road, Miles and Miles with its tasty fiddle is an apt opener. The Tejano flavored Bottom Dollar Boy shows the back end as a touring musician; what you have to do to survive when you’re back in town. The band mixes tracks about being hellraisers (Troublemaker), pensive (Cigarettes in The Rain), Springsteen-esque Nowhere Fast.

All in all, they’ve put out an album that belongs in the Bloodshot catalog. Really looking forward to seeing them at SXSW.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Vandoliers are here

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: