Stonerider Three Legs Of Trouble

Stonerider Three Legs Of Trouble
The second wave of ’70s commercial rock bands is on its way to becoming a tsunami. It took a couple of years after the demise of the Darkness for them to realise that a new king needed crowning and we’ve hit that point where the first contenders are finally throwing their hat in the ring. In the case of Stonerider, we have a quartet clearly weaned on the Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin side of the fence, whereas colleagues Airbourne were all over AC/DC and the aforementioned Darkness went the Queen route. Slathered in biscuit gravy and wah pedals, this Black Crowes for the new generation have a crisp sheen to their moderately blues-influenced boogie that’s admirable if not altogether interesting. Rudimentary songwriting and the affected twang’n’slang of the singer read like nothing more than a bunch of guys who haven’t refined their style enough to be unique. One could time their watch to the predictability of the verse-chorus-verse, big Hendrix solo, big finish structuring. Anyone under 25 might find this a refreshing introduction to baseball jerseys and belt buckles with bottle openers. The rest of us will just reach for the Allman Brothers. (Trustkill)