Blacktop Mojo have created the perfect cross country road trip sound. Burn The Ships has a killer combination of bluesy rock and southern heavy rock that does not disappoint. The mix of heavy riffs and acoustics throughout create a soulful yet powerful punch in the gut.
This Texas band has stayed true to their roots while appealing to fans of bands with sounds in the range of Stone Temple Pilots or any others of that era that have that heavy southern bluesy rock sound. The first song ‘Where the Wind Blows’ had me immediately hooked and eager to hear more and I’ll be honest with you, that song has been stuck in my head for several days now. It’s that good. Songs like ‘Prodigal’ slow things down and gave me goose bumps from the first mournful tones played through to the end. The guitars, provided by Ryan Kiefer and Kenneth Irwin, are tight throughout the album easily transitioning from heavy rock riffs to acoustic blues. The bass played by Matt Curtis fills in the songs with a fun slide in ‘Burn the Ships’ to a beefy solo to start out ‘8000 lines’. Nathan Gillis on drums provides the hefty and explosive backdrop for each song. Blacktop Mojo even cover one of my all-time favorite Aerosmith songs on this album.
I’ll admit I was holding my breath in anticipation to see if Matt James would pull off the high notes at the end of ‘Dream On’ and he nailed it. He absolutely killed it. This has to be one of my favorite covers of this song to date. Matt James has one hell of a strong soulful voice and there was no pitchiness anywhere in this album. This is the product that would have dominated if the rock in the late 90’s and early 2000’s had been done right. From the first song to the last song my head was banging and my feet were tapping. This album released on March 10 2017 from Cuhmon Records.
Produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula. Check them out online at www.blacktopmojo.com or on social media sites like twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with what these guys will be up to next. Make sure you set aside time to check out any upcoming shows. I doubt you will be disappointed.