The Delta Troubadours - Get Up and Go

by Steve Ricciutti Rating:6 Release Date:2017-12-08
The Delta Troubadours - Get Up and Go
The Delta Troubadours - Get Up and Go

The Delta Troubadours, previously known as Gritt, have their second (first under the new name) effort ready, the EP Get Up and Go. As widely advertised in press releases and on their website, the band embrace much of the classic seventies, blues-based, hard rock sound, which is demonstrated by the growling thunder of Gytis Garsys’ vocals and the thick, beefy fret work of lead guitarist Ian Heausler.

However, their sound is “classic rock” in the sense that unfortunate term has come to include acts that originated in the not-so-distant 90s. In other words, the band embraces bluesy hard rock through the filter of Pearl Jam, a band mislabeled as grunge back in the day. The macho vocals, the wah-infused excess of Guitar Hero pyrotechnics, the rumbling rhythm section – that was Pearl Jam and that’s a lot of what I hear in The Delta Troubadours, albeit with a touch of southern sizzle.  

The highlight is “Lethonomia (I Never Knew My Name)” which thankfully abandons some of the bluesy riff retreads in exchange for the grunginess of Alice in Chains. “Nobody on the Way” is another solid effort, employing a raw, careening, garage rock vibe with just enough of The Doors and MC5 to make it work. “Stone Thrasher” may be the most edgy of the songs; sonic guitar overload trading blows with the guttural shouts of Garsys, who sounds a bit like Glenn Danzig in all of his testosterone-charged glory. There’s only one song wherein they pander to their southern fried contingency, the heavy-handed “Nowhere to Go,” a track that overflows with lyrical and musical clichés, as if they were channeling Molly Hatchet, which is something you never want to do.

In the end, The Delta Troubadours serve up a decent cocktail of old school swagger combined with flannel earnestness. There are hints they realize that the best course is to move away from the microwaved leftovers and look at the good that comes when they deconstruct their myriad influences in order to apply them to something original and compelling.

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