Friday, August 6, 2010

CD Review: "Darker The Night" The Better For Hillstomp

The Portland, Oregon duo Hillstomp have a new studio album entitled "Darker The Night." The group's sound is hard to categorize into one genre. The banjo-heavy blues of "Banjo Song #1" gives us a bluegrass sound, but that quickly changes with "Cardiac Arrest in D" which sounds like a New Orleans blues number. Hillstomp seemed to have taken some pointers from Jack White in "Jumper On The Line" with distorted vocals and a simple stomp-beat. The dark lyrics of "Cold Dark Woods" gets uplifted with its rock-abilly sound which draws similarities to Violent Femmes. Hillstomp have added some familiar re-workings of blues classics like "Crawdad Hole" and "You Got To Move." The duo's simplicity is what makes them stand-out on the songs "Little Angel Child" and "S.I.R."

Hillstomp are currently on a tour of the west coast with Reverend Horton Heat & Split Lip Rayfield. Their new album "Darker The Night" is available on iTunes and CD Baby. For more information, please visit www.hillstomp.com.

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