Shaky Deville's Hot Asphalt is likely something you would not expect from Nashville, especially if you still believe it to be the worldwide hub of country music. No, Shaky Deville sure ain't country, and Hot Asphalt certainly doesn't have that perfectly polished and manicured Nashville sound. It just wouldn't fit. Hot Asphalt is gut level, galloping, hard rock with a twist, of course. Slice and dice some hard rock with, punk, rockabilly, pyschabilly, and some Irish influences and you get a flavor of Shaky Deville's madness.
In less than 35 minutes Shaky Deville packs in 11 raucous rock tunes. The best stuff occurs early on where those Irish influences manifest themselves. Call them some manner of cowboy Celtic hard punk rock: Come Out Ye Black & Tan, Hot Asphalt, and M.V.T. Hot Asphalt nears an Alestorm drinking song with some fine lead guitar. M.V.T is Motorhead meets pyschabilly.
As you continue, however, things aren't quite that complicated. Tornado is some basic and solid hard rock. You Had It Good is a simple, short and catchy rock number. But mostly, the majority of songs, and from here to the end, are basically galloping hard rock pieces. A nod can be given to the punk pyschabilly of Black Jack Red. However, the inventiveness of those first pieces, which really charmed my ears, doesn't play out in a larger fashion throughout.
Nevertheless, for bare bones, straight from the hip, galloping hard rock, on Hot Asphalt Shaky Deville brings down the house, and I imagine they do so playing live. Recommended.
For bare bones, straight from the hip, galloping hard rock, on Hot Asphalt Shaky Deville brings down the house, and I imagine they do so playing live. Recommended.
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