If Frank Black had a fever dream about his personal Last Waltz, with a guest lineup that included Pere Ubu, Talking Heads, Dirty Projectors and TV on the Radio, his dreamscape soundtrack would sound a lot like Landlady.
Chuck Ragan has made a unique career out of exploring unlikely paths. The son of a golf tour pro and a Gospel vocalist, Ragan came to prominence in the mid-’90s as co-frontman for Gainesville, Fla., Punk Rock outfit Hot Water Music.
The Cincinnati quartet may have taken
five years to release their first full-length, last year’s bracing and
infectious Cause + Effect, but the members seem as energetic and
eager to move to the next phase as they must have been when they first
coalesced as a band half a decade ago.
The band’s skronky
Psychedelic Blues with a side of Soul and a sprinkle of Pop melodicism
was an easy sell to local fans of the Buffalo Killers’ loping Psych Pop
thunder and the Heartless Bastards’ quirky Indie Blues mutations.
Either there’s an evolution/revolution
going on down in the hills of Tennessee or someone has spiked the water
supply with a chemical blend of adrenaline and amphetamine, because the
Riff Rock sounds emanating from the state these days could strip the
bark off a redwood tree at 50 paces.