The Upshot: Gritty blues-punk trio crafts heavy anthems for the nu-hemp generation.
BY TIM HINELY
Big things are happening in the world of Left Lane Cruiser, first off all since their last record weed has been legalized in Colorado (they move here yet?) and judging by the cover of this record, their 5th for the Alive Natural Sound records, that makes them very happy. Another thing is that the band has added a member. Yes, after plastering venues as a duo they are now a trio, adding Joe Brent on bass (on the inside over he’s shown holding his skateboard as opposed to his bass guitar so I like the guy already).
Yup, Freddy J IV (Joe Evans) and drummer Pete Dio are back to make your eardrums bleed and on opening cut “Tres Borrachoes” they very nearly do that as everything’s on 11. “Elephant Stomp” slows it down and adds some blooze groove to the proceedings while they added a healthy dose of fuzz on “Tangled Up in Bush.” The title track is an exercise in heaviness as is the rockin’, menacing “All Damn Day.”
If you’re looking for some gritty blues-punk then look no further as Dirty Spiff Blues delivers on all fronts. And yes, that IS cover artwork from legendary underground (and bootleg) cartoonist William Stout.
DOWNLOAD: “Tres Borrachos,” “Elephant Stomp,” “Tangled Up in Bush,” “All Damn Day”