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Friday, 16 March 2012

Record Review - The Freddie Steady 5

1000 Miles EP
Steady Boy 7” /CD

As it's currently SXSW time in Austin right now let me introduce to you a local five-piece. Freddie Steady Krc has been bashing out music for many a year and the maturity of his song-writing is clearly evident. The drivetime AOR of the title track covers all the bases of classic rock with a nifty melody to boot. The gloriously dark 'Twisted Smile' is covered liberally with cheesy 60s organ, which can't detract from it's loveliness, and the unexpected Byrdsian guitar break in the middle takes it to another level. The quality dips a bit now, 'My Whole Word' being an automaton plodding rocker, but finishes sweetly with the lovelorn folk-rocker 'I Will Wait For You'.

The two bonus cd tracks couldn't be more different: 'Crackin' Up' is a super smashing great Sir Douglas-style Texan country fuzz rocker (originally done by The Wig), before they stink the place out with a novelty country-rock song about a bear. All in all this EP is the proverbial mixed bag, which should have something sweet inside to suit you.

Phil Istine

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