Truckers on Speed

No Sense in Runnin'
(self-released)

The furious stomp of "Burn You Down" and "Better An" prove that the group is capable of breaking out of its midtempo comfort zone with a cow-punkish display of three-chord mastery that doesn't sacrifice the emphasis on songcraft so integral to the group's dynamic -- an area where the Truckers draw favorable comparisons to other rowdy redneck types like the Bottle Rockets and Georgia Satellites.

Hotel Arizona: The debut from Truckers on Speed proves the group has No Depression to spare.
Hotel Arizona: The debut from Truckers on Speed proves the group has No Depression to spare.

Name checks aside, the record stands as an impressive achievement on its own. From roaring uplift to plaintive meditations, the Truckers' music instinctively resonates with the kind of authenticity and power that eludes most groups at this stage. Part of that may be the inherent magic in their alchemy of styles, but part of it is something else. Sure, there's the requisite Sticky Fingers swagger and On the Beach dissonance, but those are merely convenient signposts. If it were just about its influences, No Sense in Runnin' would be a great record. As it is, it's a whole lot more.

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