Here's a perfect example of 'what goes around, comes around,' or maybe simply 70's deja vu all over again. Australia's My Dynamite revisits classic roots hard rock from an era that championed the likes of Humble Pie and The Faces, with some American southern rock thrown in. Their music then also suggests The Black Crowes and George Satellites. However, they're not quite is alternative as Drive By Truckers or Black Stone Cherry.
This self-titled debut rumbles with big riffs peppered with slide guitar, bluesy harmonica, and lively piano. My Dynamite rocks with a tight groove, but can also feel like sweaty barroom band . The former can be catchy and inspiring as on If We're Livin' or Watch Yourself Grow, the latter more with the party anthem Raise Your Glasses. On Singing Stormy Weather, My Dynamite offers a slow burning ballad. Yet, the premier song here, the one that shows the depths of their roots rock, is the closing Fork in Your Tongue. With the steel guitar and acoustic flavor, this pure back porch whiskey sipping music.
While this album drips with the authenticity of southern and blues hard rock, something seems missing. You won't find a song with the rambunctious, recklessness, or commercially viable, for that matter like 'Too Hard to Handle' or 'Keep Your Hands to Yourself.' However, some songs, like If We're Livin or Raise Your Glasses, probably convey greater energy in a live context.
Nevertheless, My Dynamite's self-titled debut is still solid material, and way left of the mainstream. This is genuine classic roots hard rock with a southern and blues rock flare. Recommended.