Low Cut Connie - ‘Dirty Pictures Part 1’ (Contender Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 04:30

Low Cut Connie artworkEvery now and again, that wonderful thing happens when I discover an artist who has released a few albums and their songs just connect immediately. I saw a blurb about Low Cut Connie and thought they sounded interesting, so I went to YouTube to check out a few songs. By the end of the night, I had purchased three albums by them with only their first one to pick up later. After searching through the Über Rock archives, I saw that this had not been submitted to us for review when it was released a couple of months ago, so I jumped at the opportunity to make people aware of the album and the band.

 

‘Dirty Pictures Part 1’ is a collection of ten songs that tap into the original spirit of rock n‘ roll and create images of dive bars where everyone knows your name. It is the place where the wood paneling is peeling off the walls in places, and the wood tables all have little gouges in them. As you feel at home and celebrate the good times with your closest friends, the building is rocking with the catchy tunes providing a soundtrack to this moment in time, which will always live on in your memory. These are songs that sound as good the morning after.

 

‘Revolution Rock n Roll’ gets the album started with the piano being the first thing heard on the album. The first verse then follows on top of the piano before the whole band joins for the chorus. A reference point throughout the album is Jerry Lee Lewis as singer/ pianist Adam Weiner has clearly found the perfect profession for him. Sometimes people just have that natural gift, and he is lucky enough to have “it.”

 

Where the Jim Jones Revue accentuated the hard blues and rock for their sound, Low Cut Connie have instead brought in some old soul into their sound with the J. Geils Band also coming to mind.

‘Dirty Water’ follows and on first listen reminded me of a song coming from the same musical well as ‘Jealous Again’ by the Black Crowes or a Rolling Stones classic. The piano is a leading instrument throughout the album, but that does not mean the other musicians are restrained. James Everhart shreds on the lead guitar on this one in an abbreviated solo that fits the song perfectly.

 

 

New drummer Larry Scotton and bassist Lucas Rinz propel the beats on these songs and keep the whole thing together with Will Donnelly providing the deft rhythm guitar. ‘Death and Destruction’ keeps the rock going with a two and a half minute Chuck Berry influenced song that also reminds the listener of the growth that is apparent in this record versus the previous two I have now heard. There is a lyrical depth to the material now that makes these songs stick harder than they might otherwise.

 

‘Montreal’ flips the script as a piano ballad that starts with the line, “all my friends got herpes in Montreal.” Weiner relishes the spotlight here which could have easily disrupted the flow of the album but repeated listening highlights that this song is placed perfectly on the album. ‘Angela’ returns to the classic rock sound with a song that begs to be sung along to at an over the top volume. There is a conviction in the singing that impresses throughout the recording. The entire band is on fire here. The band has produced a classic Side One of an album, and, to their credit, it is hard to pick which side of the album to start with when putting it on the stereo.

 

Side Two begins with ‘Love Life’ highlighting some additional female backing vocals throughout the verses and providing musical depth to the album. The song is built on a really cool beat and immediately lets the listener know that there is no let up to the great songs on this side of the album. ‘Am I wrong?’ begins with an effective little guitar riff that sets up an upbeat verse that sets up a high energy chorus and the hardest rocking part of the album. There is a scream to the heavens before the solo as the song then comes back to just the rhythm section and another verse. There is a call and response at the end as the band continues to build on the template of their sound.

 

‘Controversy’ by Prince follows and it would be very easy for a band to be completely out of their element here. It takes guts to cover a Prince song. Low Cut Connie make this song their own by incorporating it into their sound, and Weiner sounds superb throughout, especially on the chorus where it demands more from the singer. From my research, it appears this is a staple of their live show, and it is easy to see why.

 

 

‘Forever’ begins with just a piano and a vocal as it falls in the same place on Side Two that ‘Montreal’ did on Side One. This time though the rest of the band contributes and help slowly build the song throughout its four minutes. This is a late night song at heart with the lyric of “if you come to the show, I’ll show you a pretty good time.” There are no doubts about that at this point. ‘What Size Shoe’ begins with Donnelly establishing the beat and Weiner singing over the top of mostly just the drums and some subtle guitar for over a minute before the rest of the band join over a minute later for this rocker. The band contribute some tasteful backing vocals. It is impressive that Weiner, who produced the album, with the assistance of engineers Adam Hill and Dave Chale were able to achieve such a live sounding album. There is a part three minutes into the finale that is made for the live show, but it flows naturally on the album.

 

Throughout the first half of the year, ‘Glitter’ by Heavy Tiger has been my album of the year, with several albums being considered for a runner up but not especially challenging for Album of the Year. Low Cut Connie has become an official challenger to the spot though with this effort. This album clicked from the first listen and ingrains itself in my soul more and more with every listen. Apparently, the band has Part 2 ready to go but did not want to overwhelm the listener with 20 songs at once. I feel safe saying this album will be a classic for me, and there is no doubt that I will be playing this one in the decades to come. Hats off to Low Cut Connie for a classic album.

 

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‘Dirty Pictures Part 1’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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