TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD – FIGHT AND FLIGHT (2016)
Release Date: May 20, 2016
℗ 2016 Distortion Records
- I Smell Rock N Roll
- Never Go Home
- Money Tree
- Half Of The Man
- So Not Me
- Everyone Down
- This Ain’t Dead
- Somebody Put Something In My Drink (Richie Ramone Cover)
- Why Are We Still Friends
- Shut Me Down
- Good Time
Band Members: Estelle Artois, Jess Riley, Josie O’Toole
For those who have witnessed the raw musical might of Tequila Mockingbyrd live, this album is a long awaited treasure, and for those who are yet to receive the wonder of the TByrds, you are seriously missing out on a sensational act. The all-female three piece hail from Melbourne, Australia and represent one of finest, emerging rock acts to surface in contemporary times. The sound these three have already accomplished, leaves one wondering where the other three members are hiding. But no, the gargantuan rock produced is from but three. That remarkable ability speaks volumes regarding their extraordinary talent.
We at Silver Tiger Media are steadfast supporters of Tequila Mockingbyrd and are proud to have been friends for a considerable time, but objectivity is essential with any recording, particularly a debut.
We open with a very popular early release in I Smell Rock And Roll and I must note that the ladies will never be able to encapsulate the excitement of a live performance into a recording, but the sensational delivery, fabulous production and mixing will give you a good idea of what to expect. With one listen to this recording you will be bitten by the TByrds bug, leaving you helpless but to make a live show your mission. You will be truly astounded by the sheer rock these musicians are capable of together. I Smell Rock And Roll has been beautifully refined and afforded an injection of the TByrds touring experience. The track appeared on their first EP and its inclusion on the album is demonstrative of how an act can progress from brilliant to thoroughly awesome in a short time, through dedicated hard work, determination and live performing experience.
Never go Home is a sensational ode to the *Espy and all those who have graced the rooms of that august chamber will identify with the good times now relegated to the annals of Melbourne musical history.
I was utterly thrilled to see Money Tree, Everyone Down, Catalyst and Shut Me Down are selected from the bands T-BYRDS ARE GO ep and included on this benchmark album. These tracks have been tried, tested and subsequently, refined over time, now nestled among the group’s latest accomplishments. These inclusions will be most pleasing for fans, and somehow, perhaps subliminally, afford a feeling of welcome to long celebrating followers to continue the journey into what will surely be, an eruption into global success for the TByrds.
Having been a long suffering Ramones fan since the leather-clad punk legends graced the cover of their own debut way back in 1976, I was truly uncertain about the inclusion of the Somebody Put Something In My Drink cover, but the result is sensational. Tequila Mockingbyrd’s collective appeal on one track. Their raw rock edge is highlighted beautifully and the increase in tempo is synonymous with the Tbyrds live performance energy. Brilliantly executed. The track itself was included on the 1986 Ramones album Animal Boy and was written by then drummer Richie Ramone after his own factual brush with a Mickey Finn consisting of an LSD dose. Having been brushing professional shoulders with Richie of late, it is most apt that this be included on the Fight and Flight album.
Tracks like Half Of The Man , This Ain’t Dead and Not So Me serve as an excellent indication of the group’s creativity and revealing a clarity of self-awareness. A true understanding of their market appeal and sound ownership. Their proven endurance together now established in a strong brand sure to launch onward and upward.
Jägerbomb is a brilliant reminder of the close relationship Tbyrds share with their adoring live audience, coupled with their individual ability to start the good times in the most solemn of circumstances. I’ll say no more than Mockingbombs ladies, bring ‘em on. But please don’t let their playful nature distract you from their determination, skill and serious approach to their evolving careers.
Good Time carries a great deal of appeal and is truly a brilliant way to complete the recording, leaving you desirous of further delectable musical delicacies from this astoundingly talented outfit. (Estelle…potty mouth. Ha.) But seriously, the track sequencing has been given a great deal of thought and the entire collection is a sensational achievement. The skilful and accomplished hand of Ricki Rae (Lighthill Sound Recording) at the rudder is doubtless a significant contributing factor. A true remarkable achievement indicative of the Ricki Rae Midas touch, but really, Tequila Mockingbyrd are gold in the first place.
All up an utterly sensational album of gargantuan rock appeal and Tequila Mockingbyrd served up on a CD sized plate, ready to launch onto the global market. And why shouldn’t the world share in the limitless treasure chest of sensational rock music that is Tequila Mockingbyrd.
*The Esplanade Hotel, St. Kilda, Victoria.