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MARCH 3 2015



Tracklist: Fight Life / Party Like They Started The End Of The World / Somebody Save Me / We Stand Strong / Where Angels Fly / Girl In A Photograph / Take Me To The River / Murder Ballad / Sun Deprives The Day / Don’t Cry

After a short-lived year-long ‘indefinite hiatus’ Trucker Diablo is back with a new album foreshadowed by last Octobers single release – the very Trucker anthem ‘Party Like They Started the End of the World’ - which in turn led to the Pledge Music campaign that fuelled this record. So here we are a year after the hiatus with a third album: let’s just says it’s worth the wait.

Like any Trucker album its best not to stand on ceremony and get stuck straight in. And what a way to start: ‘Fight Life’ is all street-fighting power – a traditional Hard Rocker with a great melody and big chorus and in all honest just the sort of song to rest the nerves. The single that follows ‘Party Like They Started The End Of The World’ is a typical Trucker anthem I’m guessing you’ve all heard it before if not and you need a reason to buy the album – a quick visit to YouTube should be all you need.

As we delve deeper there is a slight surprise - it’s not all as it was – and with ‘Somebody Save Me’ we find a Trucker Diablo that is a little darker around the edges and less full-octane; and therefore just to even the keel ‘We Stand Strong’ is that full-fuelled contrast. Mid album we get a change of pace: ‘Where Angels Fly’ is the definitive heart wrenching ballad underpinned by great keys and an emotive vocal and one of the surprise highs in what is already a glorious slab of rock.

And the run home is just as strong too: ‘Girl in a photograph’ is twin-guitar Thin Lizzy worship, albeit individually Trucker-stamped and with a healthy touch of Prog; and Southern Rock shines through in ‘Take Me to the River’; before ‘Murder Ballad’ again delves a little deeper, and is awash with lush melodies sounding like the sort of modern rock that fills stadiums these days, but with integrity that so many modern rock bands lack and a mature guitar sound. In a similar vein ‘Sun Deprives the Day’ is Allmans infused with modern sensibilities: rather like current kings of the genre Black Stone Cherry do, but just as good.

Closer ‘Don’t Cry’ rides a sweeping melody which looks forwards not back: it’s the perfect closer offering a door to a future where anything is possible for the band. With personal lyrics from Harte indelibly shot through the album, and a branching out from Trucker’s hard rock roots: ‘Rise Above the Noise’ is a fitting title – it’s a rebirth of sorts, vibrant, forceful, and yet contemplative and lush at times. Just the same high standards as you would expect but with a little added twist – like a spice-spiked drink – it tastes good even if the flavour at times is a little unfamiliar.

Trucker Diablo headline the main stage at the Pentrich Rock and Blues Festival in Derbyshire on Friday July 24.  They play the Steelhouse Festival on July 25/26; and HRH at Pwllheli from November 12-15



by Mark Rockpit