“Hey, you ever heard of ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY?”
“Yeah, man, what a name, huh?”
“I don’t know if that’s the greatest name or worst name ever.”
“Probably both. What kinda music do they play?”
“I don’t know. Never heard them.”
At least, that’s how every conversation about ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY that I’ve heard has gone. The band almost seems to exist as a name in a void, divorced from actual music. Well, now I’ve heard their latest, “Open Fire.” I think I may even come back to check out an earlier album.
“Open Fire” is ATP’s sixth full-length. Their previous offerings have been well-received at TMO and I’m probably not going to say anything new. Power-chord heavy Stoner Metal with strong Rock sensibilities. I’m a bit reminded of SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, though ATP has a bit less groove, and perhaps more accurately FIREBALL MINISTRY with a better production, BRAND NEW SIN with less tequila and more weed. Also, I am contractually obligated to namedrop KYUSS. Kerrang! once called ATP Truckstop Rock and it certainly fits. The salt of the Earth is in abundance, along with the necessary beer and weed
It’s a fun album. Just don’t expect me to dissect it track by track very well; like some of the other mid-level Stoner/Southern Rockers, there just isn’t much variation between songs. There’s a nice part in “The Beggar” that combines clean guitar work with the highest notes in new vocalist Kyle Thomas’s repertoire. Thomas and the rest of the band give their meanest performance of the album on the title track.
It’s easy to enjoy this kind of music, but it seems difficult for bands to make material that transcends “enjoyable.” One could say that these artists aren’t looking to do anything more than just entertain us. For as fun as this style is, I think the scene does need some variety and, honestly, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY isn’t providing it.
(Online May 11, 2007)