Spying the track list as I slipped Snaken Not Stirred into my player, I groaned. "Not another take on That's All Right." But when the stoned solid groove of bassist and co-producer Derek Brand and the musculature of drummer Greg Marsh blasted through my speakers, I sighed in genuine relief.
Then came the cleverest and most exhilarating original song I've heard in a good while, slick and quick guitarist/vocalist Dan Peter's Keep It In The Family (a full out rocking twist on polygamy if ever there was one). At that point, I remember thinking "This is gonna be some real fun!"
The fun kept choogling with the next track Slick Black Cadillac Daddy but then something happened. The West Side Winders — despite the highly charged "rockabilly, swing, surf, jazz" and their maximum playing (I can see the beer flowing and the money makers a-shakin' night after night in old Chi'town) — lost my attention, and worse, my ear.
Though by far not just another three piece and 500 Miles bringing me back to center, The 'Winders weren't holding their place at the table. I'd heard a lot of this retro blend before, and if I have, I'm reasonably sure a good majority of us have too. Without doubt, Peters, Brand and Marsh have what it takes to break beyond the regional scope, they just need to continually tap that fresh vein they've shown here they know how to tap to get it, and keep it, out there.
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