MONSTER TRUCK – SITTIN’ HEAVY (2016)
Release Date: 19th February 2016
℗ 2015 Dine Alone/Cooking Vinyl Australia
- Why Are You Not Rocking?
- Don’t Tell Me How to Live
- She’s A Witch
- For The People
- Black Forest
- Another Man’s Shoes
- Things Get Better
- The Enforcer
- To The Flame
- New Soul
- Enjoy The Time
‘All Right Here We Go’ is damn straight as our Canadian purveyors of rock n’ roll carnage drag us helpless straight into the killer groove with Why Are You Not Rocking. A question posed in jest, surely as not a soul blessed with aural capacity, could do anything else than be rocking. This is a killer introduction to the album, quite simply because it’s the bait… the lure we willingly gulp, and we are immediately hooked by the pure and crisp heavy rock of Monster Truck.
I must admit that having watched these rockers put boot to bot in opening for Nickelback, Australia 2015, my expectations were very high. I wish to declare loud and clear that they have not disappointed. My expectations are well and truly exceeded, much to my delight. Don’t Tell Me How To Live leaves you quite breathless as you struggle between the raw rock pleasure and trying desperately to identify the classic rock sound emitted from you speakers. There are so many of the fine qualities of past maters represented in this piece, that it feels like home. That utter satisfaction in witnessing something truly special coupled with the sheer delight that surely, this ones just for you. Brilliant.
She’s A Witch is very much of the same ilk, as we are blasted into the realms of rock n roll ebb and flow. It’s as though we witness the fruit of a sweaty seething love triangle involving Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Nickelback all resulting in the defiant bastard child determined to blast their collective sound into the next millennium. Albeit with their signature sound of the rocking south.
I hope the reader will forgive my lapse into the mosh pit vernacular as I cry from headphone central, ‘fuck this is awesome’. The gritty vocal delivery and celebration of sensational riffage is to die for.
For The People we are dragged waaaay down south beyond thum thare hills, but it absolutely fits the track sequence so well. A blast back to the group’s influences and origins. A familiar southern sound but embossed with an assertive ass kick of Monster Trucks authority. They let this track flow and resist the temptation to try too hard to better what is a known quantity. Superb.
The storm clouds gather inducing a fitting, yet uneasy feeling to greet the unexpected with Black Forest. A soulful blend of blues is our serenade into this anthem, before the grit is back in view, but this time splendidly restrained yet again. I can’t help but feel this band is determined to demonstrate their dexterity as every track adheres to its groove, but with surprise elements sprinkled throughout. Just like the hooks and solo in this brilliant piece.
As I progress through the album I become increasingly aware that fans be delighted with this work, but will not be the slightest bit surprised at what has been achieved in their sophomore splendour. But please don’t let me mislead as there is no ‘backy spittin’ knee slappin’ cries of ‘gaad damn, she yit’ here. This is almost archetypical southern rock and roll with a reinvented and weighty edge, the sole property of Monster Truck. The groove of each track is stamped immediately and with authority, albeit with some unexpected twists and turns. Tracks like Another Man’s Shoes are remarkably multifaceted and thoroughly enjoyable in their profound complexity. Such blending of styles resulting in product, nay a feel all their own. It Gets Better is superb, as the introduction has you visualising a busty bellow from Dolly Parton, that is until a distortion soaked guitar leads into our true sound. This is so tremendously catchy and littered with superb guitar finery and gutsy bass lines, listeners will be high and dry when it comes to trying to wash this from the frontal lobe. It’s stuck there for hours…days. Sorry.
Another lapse, but I just cannot contain myself. Fucking sensational. The Enforcer ups the ante yet again in pace and content. So thoroughly absorbing that you feel like a member of the crowd as the group include you into the celebration. To The Flame lapses into the more malevolent as we are musically wooed to the dark side, again demonstrative of the bands remarkable diversity. There’s no way out of here? There’s no way out of this album. You are left desirous of spinning it again, and again. Southern rock meets the Doors, before being dragged back by the Monster Truck clutches. New Soul is true to the groups sound musically, and their ability to cater for all listeners. Enjoy The Time is the perfect…yes perfect finale to this remarkable album. A solid sound reminiscent of Skynyrd, leaving us wanting to re-explore the album from the beginning. Almost an ode to a strong influence and again, demonstrating the groups amazing diversity that will surely, see them taking the world by storm.
Stunningly superb from start to finish. A monster achievement from a monster band and a trucking good time. Sensational. Yep…that’s it. Sit ubu.