11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With an extra boost from producers Brian Thorn and Mark Spencer, who shuttled the group into New York City's esteemed Magic Shop to record Kin, Waylon Speed sound like an alt-country band that could cut it in bars and on iPods alike. Ironically, it’s the Magic Shop’s vintage equipment that makes the group sound so good on modern speakers. That—and having pedal steel extraordinaire Mark Spencer add his two cents, as he’s done for Freedy Johnston, Laura Cantrell, and Son Volt—gives songs like “Coming Down Again” (not the Rolling Stones song), “On a Wire," and the introspective “Demons” an extra dose of atmosphere. Of course, the Vermont-based band do a fine job sounding like a Southern rock band on their own. Plenty of guitar power guarantees that every track on Kin would keep the patrons at any juke joint dancing the night away. The beautifully distorted guitars bring a glory to the country edges of “Until It All Ends” and “Days Remain the Same” that should remind veteran alt.country fans of the days of Jason & The Scorchers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With an extra boost from producers Brian Thorn and Mark Spencer, who shuttled the group into New York City's esteemed Magic Shop to record Kin, Waylon Speed sound like an alt-country band that could cut it in bars and on iPods alike. Ironically, it’s the Magic Shop’s vintage equipment that makes the group sound so good on modern speakers. That—and having pedal steel extraordinaire Mark Spencer add his two cents, as he’s done for Freedy Johnston, Laura Cantrell, and Son Volt—gives songs like “Coming Down Again” (not the Rolling Stones song), “On a Wire," and the introspective “Demons” an extra dose of atmosphere. Of course, the Vermont-based band do a fine job sounding like a Southern rock band on their own. Plenty of guitar power guarantees that every track on Kin would keep the patrons at any juke joint dancing the night away. The beautifully distorted guitars bring a glory to the country edges of “Until It All Ends” and “Days Remain the Same” that should remind veteran alt.country fans of the days of Jason & The Scorchers.

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