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Drifting Son, One Down
(Drifting Son Records)

06/06/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



6/6/2013 - First proper LP from the Manchester-based hard-rock band fronted by guitarist/singer Leddie Jackson. We can all admit that the originals scene in New Hampshire is about as booming as Freon sales in Siberia, but if you’re looking for something more inventive to do with a Saturday night than watching a bunch of uninterested wannabes cover 40-year-old Led Zeppelin songs, you should really get behind this band. Jackson has grown into a real leader, his songwriting strong enough to go a few rounds with Black Label Society and bands like that, the neo-oldschool bar-blooz-rooted vibe this collection essentially conjures up. It’s a tricky slope for newbies to navigate, being that the songs are growers rather than microwaveable ring-tone appetizers, but you’ll be all over the stuff if you liked the indie-hard-rock bands of the mid-aughts, particularly the more-or-less My Morning Jacket-influenced power trios from down south. Local bar-goers should absolutely be supporting these guys (they’re a fixture at Milly’s), whose classy live visual takeaway recalls Jon Butcher Axis. A+ — Eric W. Saeger





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