The debut from The Hackens Boys is filled to the rim with good ol’ fashioned Southern rock and country sounds.
The Virginia quartet comes out kicking with “Movin On,” a rockin’ tune that kind of caught me off guard. The bending chords in “Moving On” actually remind me of Ace Frehley - yes, the guy from KISS. Of course, that isn’t a bad thing. No not at all.
I really love “Back Home,” with it’s down home lyric, and “Strong Enough to Last” is pretty infectious as well. I gotta say, the drums and bass on these tracks are excellent and solid and mixed just right. The producers did a really nice job.
”Nature’s Son” may be my favorite song on the album, and of course, “Southern Rock Can’t Die” is another favorite, for obvious reasons. THis is the song the band says explains why they do what they do. I can dig it. Just listen as the boys pay tribute to all of our favorite bands of yesteryear. (And check out the GRITZ Compilation Vol. V for a free sample!) Good stuff.
-Michael Buffalo Smith