Katy Mae – You May Already Be A Winner

January 01, 1970





Hailing from that y’allternative hotbed known as Brooklyn, Katy Mae has a leg up on most of its peers
thanks to the pure, unfettered authenticity that bleeds through the pores of
its material. This five-song EP – a stopgap release to keep fans primed for an
upcoming full-length; previously were The
Sweetheart Deal
and The Lightning and
the Sun
– offers primo examples of the quartet’s agile-but-gritty


Right from the get-go, with the hard-twang careen of “Two
Dollars Late,” which suggests a bluesier Drive-By Truckers, the band signals
its intention to rawk, and
singer/guitarist Phil Doucet’s yearning yelp, which is a little bit country/a
little bit punk, has never sounded more convincing. Elsewhere, the slow-burn
sizzle of “Falls Down,” sparked by a subtly insistent thrumming riff, builds to
an anthemic climax worthy of some of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ classic
raveups. And the desolate, reverb-soaked desert rock that populates the title
track has a malevolent grandeur no fan of Crazy Horse will be able to resist (if
you additionally hear echoes Tucson’s legendary Sidewinders slithering around
just under the sun-baked sand here, pat yourself on the back – and these
musicians too).


Katy Mae’s obviously soaked in its collective influences;
one detects elements of ‘70s Southern rock, ‘80s power pop (esp. the
Replacements) and of course post-Uncle Tupelo
‘90s alt-country. But don’t think the group can be pinned down too easily, ‘cos
as noted above, the songs ring true and aim straight for the heart. That they
make all the cute young ladies’ asses wanna shake in the process is simply
icing on the cake.


Standout Tracks: “You May Already Be A Winner,” “Two Dollars Late” FRED MILLS


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