Lone Pine "The Lock Up Sessions Vol I" (Sweet Life Records 2006)
The ghosts of Grand Drive & The Vessels are resurrected in Wales with a Lonesome Pine.
The press release for this debut release describes Lone Pine as exploring the sounds of 'hushed alt. country to raucous rock 'n roll' - hailing from Cardiff this five piece band clearly wear their influences on their sleeves - having shared the stage with Richmond Fontaine, The Czars and American Music Club. Apprently comparisons are being drawn with the likes of Wilco and Whiskeytown - steeped in the tradition of Crazy Horse & The Band. The Lock Up Sessions is a six track studio representation of Lone Pine's acclaimed live shows and this was recorded live. Well, I guess you can understand the press release raising the stakes but there's nothing here to compare with the songwriting gifts of Ryan Adams or Jeff Tweedy. Lone Pine are following a well worn path where Grand Drive & The Vessels followed, but without their songwriting strengths. Lead singer and songwriter David Catherall delivers the songs with much gusto but there's nothing here to grab your attention. The ingredients are all there and it's one of those records you want to like more. As this is volume 1 I presume Vol 2 is to follow - let's hope Lone Pine find some stronger songs in the next set.
Date review added: Sunday, February 19, 2006
Reviewer: Andy Riggs
Related web link: Lone Pine Official Site