ROOKIE – s/t (album review)

by Woody on March 15, 2020

credit Alex Basse

The older I get, the more my musical tastes broaden. I listen to stuff today that I probably wouldn’t have listened to ten years ago. Yet there is something comforting when a band can bring back that feeling of my youth; listening to classic rock on vinyl in your basement. Chicago’s ROOKIE takes the music of my youth, puts their own modern spin on it and delivers a gem of an album that will make Chicago proud.

The opening track, Hold On Tight, showcases the three-guitar attack in a fashion that would make the DBT (circa 2005) proud. Built on a meaty hook, the song builds to a furious finish that will have even the most sullen of people playing air guitar. Elementary Blues is tender mid-tempo twang track featuring some tasty pedal steel. One Way Ticket is brilliant; would slide into a Big Star album without missing a beat. The album closes with a six minute track, E Jam, that closes with a jam that sounds like the Stones covering a Roky Erickson track.

As good as this album (and it is fucking awesome), these guys are a must-see live. Come for the rocking tunes and stay for the matching jumpers. Or vice versa. No judging here.

ROOKIE was supposed to play a sold out release day show at The Empty Bottle. Due to obvious reason it was cancelled. But they did a live stream which was awesome.

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