About this Page -- This is a discussion on The Dirty Guv'nahs New Album. within the forum Movies and Music. Local band from Knoxville. If you haven't heard of them then you're missing out.
New album, "Somewhere Beneath These Southern ...
Just got the new album today. I don't like it as much as the last, but that's expected from most bands' second offering. It's still a great up-beat southern rock album, and I'll be shocked if they aren't big on the national stage soon.
Finally heard this. I'll start by saying, I've never understood what all the fuss is about. Musically, they aren't bad. They never sounded very authentic to these ears, but they aren't bad musicians. I've never felt the singer meaning, he doesn't sound real an natural to me. He sounds forced. It's as if he is channeling every one of his influences, but never quite getting there and never finding his own voice. Regardless, with their last album I thought, "not good, but not bad."
This new album is a different story. It's bad. They have totally went in the pop/rock direction to help make it big. It's obvious. Anything that felt real about them before is gone with this album. They sound like Train (puke!) meeting up with Hootie and the Blowfish trying to sound like the Black Crowes and failing at it.
All that being said, this is the kind of mediocrity that moms and sorority girls eat up (again, Train is popular despite the fact that they are awful for this reason), so I'm sure that this one will break them to a much bigger audience. It's obvious that that's what they were shooting for, so good on 'em.
I catch a lot of local shows in Knoxville and there are much better bands out there.
Think the first place I heard them was opening at the Foothills Fall Festival 4 years ago or so. I was very impressed. It has been cool to watch them sort of rise to popularity, and I don't think their rise is over yet.