Progression and development? Pah! Did anyone ever tell Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters that their music needed to change with the times? Of course not, they found what they were good at and stuck firmly to it. 'The Last Men On Earth' is Five Horse Johnson's fourth album and sees them in a similar position, and not just because of Eric Oblander's whiskey drenched vocals either. Their heavy blues boogie is pure as ever, the lyrics are as usual concerned with drinking, (as the sleeve notes say "Oh yeah, after all these years, getting' bombed is still a blast!") and the comparisons to the early years of a little ol' Texan band ZZ Top keep cropping up, but fronted by Captain Beefheart with Little Walter on harmonica.
Some bands exist to challenge you, some to shock you, and some to inspire you. Five Horse Johnson make you glad to be alive.
Issue 114 - November 2003
released 14 October 2003
Five Horse Johnson is:
Eric Oblander: Vox & Harp
Brad Coffin: Guitar & Vox
Steve Smith: Bass
Mike Alonso: Drums & Percussion
Phil Durr: Ridiculator & Guitar Solo on "Cry Rain"
Ethan Daniel Davidson: Backing Vox on "Blood Don't Pay"
Executive Producer: Scott Hamilton
Produced by Al Sutton
Engineered by Al Sutton, Dave Allison, Sam Vail, & Mr. Robert Burrows
Mixed by Al Sutton
Recorded and Mixed @ Rustbelt Studios - Royal Oak , MI
Mastered by Chris Gooseman @ Solid Sound - Ann Arbor, MI
Fine Arts: Mark Dancey
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