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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world




MAY 23 2014



If you love your bluesy classic rock with more than a hint of greats like Zeppelin, Free and the Black Crowes but with a progressive edge that recalls gritty late eighties combos like Kings X then Mother Road is a band that should have you sitting up and paying attention. When you add to that the pedigree of the main players – Chris Lyne guitarist with the mighty fine Soul Doctor and Keith Slack the voice of Steelhouse Lane, MSG and his own blues-based rockers Mudpie, you know you are onto a winner.


Mother Road just has that sound that so many strive for down pat. Starting out with the acoustic led opener ‘The Sun Will Shine Again’ things soon move into a great groove, pushed ahead by some driving guitar and great melodies.  It’s not a million miles away from a bluesier Whitesnake firing on all cylinders.


After catching your breath the groove continues with the oddly-titled ‘Feather in Your Hat’ that has more of a hint of bands like Cry of Love at their most insistent. And the story continues with quality track after quality track, on what is a very cool album indeed.


” – a piece of blues-influenced heavy rock with groovy guitar riffs – brings to mind classic Deep Purple again, to be followed up by “”, an interesting dialogue between Lyne’s guitar and Del Vecchio’s majestic Hammond sound, yet another throwback to the Hammond-dominated ‘70s rock.


If you need more bluesy hard rock then  ‘Drive Me Crazy ’ will satisfy, if you want more authentic guitar and organ  then try out ‘Out Of My Mind’ a mid-tempo rocker drenched in  Alessandro Del Vecchio’s massive 70’s Hammond and keys.  One of our highlights is probably ‘These Shoes’ which is hugely atmospheric and one of the songs most likely to get you to part with your $$$, coming across as it does like vintage Whitesnake meets Bad Co.


The remainder of the album doesn’t let up either and is equally impressive. ‘Dangerous Highway’ is the road song the band’s name suggests, and the Jon Lord-like opening conjures up images of Deep Purple before the riff kicks in, it’s another mid-tempo song that Mother Road does so well. ‘Poor Boy (Long Way Out)’ channels Free; whilst ‘Dirty Little Secret’ sees some of the best vocal and guitar work on the album (and that is saying something).


Taking us out ‘Blue Eyes’ has a distinct vintage Crowes/Cry of Love Southern warmth to it albeit with a vocal more Rodgers than Robinson. ‘Still Rainin’’ takes it back down with a piano intro that sets up some great organ and a real laid back feel till it transforms into a wailing guitar and Hammond stomp. Final track ‘On My Way’ strips it back even further to the subtle acoustic bones before bursting into life and finally taking it down again. It’s a powerful song, emotive and a great way to close a great album.


On an album where influences are writ large, yet songs don’t sound derivative there’s enough hints of the greats in the shadows to make you think that this band has a lot more left in the tank and maybe even finer moments to come. Until then this one is on repeat as Rockpit HQ.






by Mark Diggins