The Upshot: Taking the noise from Frank Black and gang, the twang from Rhett Miller, and the classic ‘70s rock and roll sing-alongs from Thin Lizzy, these garage/alt-country newcomers have cobbled together a pretty unforgettable debut.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Baltimore’s Western Star have pooled together their collective influences, using Thin Lizzy, The Old 97’s and The Pixies as their template, and the result is a pretty sweet cheat sheet for the band. Old 97’s guitarist Ken Bethea was even tapped to produce this one.
While they still manage to make their own original contributions to the sound, they have taken the noise from Frank Black and gang, the twang from Rhett Miller and the classic ‘70s rock and roll sing-alongs from those Irish lads and have cobbled together a pretty unforgettable debut. “Ghostchaser” and “The Difference” could both easily pass as long-lost Thin Lizzy B-Sides.
This 12-song offering serves as a pretty solid calling card for the garage/alt-country newcomers. There are a few moments on the record where the band borrows a bit too much from Thin Lizzy, but it’s excusable when the music is this much fun. Fireball is hopefully just a prelude to bigger things.
DOWNLOAD: “Ghostchaser,” “The Difference” and “Aeroangel”