^
Keep New Times Free
4

You Asked For It: A Few Random Drunks

A Few Random Drunks
World Famous County Wide
(Self released)

If you ask me, there's too many alt-country acts doing the Old 97s thing, and not nearly enough doing the Drive-By Truckers thing. Now, granted, I prefer the former to the latter, but unless you've got Rhett Miller's worn-denim vocals -- and few in the genre do, as Miller's new self-titled record reminded me -- you're better off with a scratchier, sassier approach.

Tempe's A Few Random Drunks get that (sorta) and it's one of the reasons I enjoyed the faster half of their six-song EP, World Famous County Wide, which is full of fun little harmonica solos and loose guitars accompanying Josh Preston's unvarnished vocals.

The first song, "Floundering" is also the best. It's catchy as hell, with a great guitar solo and a foot-tapping beat. The second song which comes in at (gasp) 7:58 isn't as strong, starting out with one of those annoying voice overs every band in Phoenix seems to be overly enamored of before settling in to a a long prog-rock trudge that kills all the momentum "Floundering" had built up. "Zodiac" is better, but still not as fun as that first track.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

"Little D" picks the tempo back up, with a nice little bass line, chugging guitar, and lots of soft cymbal. The last song, "Love-Pump Heartache" has a bluesly little opening that makes you wonder why the band doesn't give Cliff C. Hockersmith a slide and more room to work, before bringing back the harmonica which, sadly, comes from a bandmember who's left the group.


The record is available through iTunes and at Zia Records.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.