|The Four Horsemen - 'Daylight Again' (21st Anniversary)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Tuesday, 01 December 2009 20:32|
Wow. How exciting is it to find out that after all these years the Four Horsemen had actually been in a studio and demoed ten tracks. I was more than intrigued to say the least. After reading the blurb about the release and the fact that the vocals on the recordings are from the guy who played harmonica on 'Homesick Blues' from the incredible debut full length album 'Nobody Said It Was Easy'.
The stunning debut was followed by 'Gettin' Pretty Good At Barely Gettin' By' which also had its moments of genius but was a much more mellow collection. Infighting then lead singer Frank C. Starr's motorcycle accident sort of signalled the end for this most awesome of hard rocking bands, along with the untimely death of drummer Ken 'Dimwit' Montgomery.
To bring you folks up to date in the fall of 2009, out of the blue we get a message from Haggis saying he was releasing the demos that were going to make up what would have been the third Horsemen album. Well folks, if you like those first two albums then imagine they have been hanging out with The Black Crowes and been diggin' their groove (maaaaaannnnn); instead of vanishing up their own arrises they decided to write some songs with a bit of a classic Southern swamp feel and a bit less of the bombastic AC/DC approach of that first album and maybe a little more of the Stones around their 'Exile' epic.
All the songs are penned by Haggis who is ably assisted by his old Cult comrade Les Warner on drums. Judging by these tracks this is maybe the direction that the Crowes should have taken and kept their coolness and a bit of the rock and roll street cred as well as some of that Southern country swing thing. Who knows why these songs weren't recorded in a proper studio and indeed turned into that third Four Horsemen album, but I'm glad these tracks have finally seen the light of day.
'Daylight Again' kicks off with an lone vocal version of the hymn 'Amazing Grace' which makes way for 'Dollar A Minute' which is a kicking rock 'n' roll song - all tambourine and low slung dirty riff exactly what we wanted to hear from a Four Horsemen record, right? The title track follows suite and has a wonderful warm bourbon soaked gob iron solo running through the heart of it.'Trailer Park Boogie' shakes like a badass with a bat in his hand and I defy anyone to listen and not tap the old foot and nod the bonce to this. I'm not one for long tracks but there is a time and a place and track ten here is 'Amazing Grace: Reprise' and a majestic Faces influenced rock out it is too. 'Mojo Hannah' skips along - damn what a fine band this is. Never mind Amazing Grace, how about thank God for the Horsemen - however brief their star shone it most certainly did shine.
Welcome back to the fold Kid Chaos/Haggis/Steven Harris, whatever name you go by these days - it's been too long sir and the world was definitely a rosier place with a band like the Four Horsemen in the house, and a right treat it is to have these demos. I'm not sure there will ever be a reunion or any shows off the back of this release but who knows - never say never in this crazy business.
Pop over to their website and check this out and you can even buy the first EP and the debut album re-released with new liner notes and bonus tracks or even a dvd. It'll be the best $20 you'll spend all year, trust me. Rockin' was their business and business was good!