It's Elephant's - Little Trouble In Chinatown
Record Label: 347 Augusta
Release Date: April 15, 2008
It's Elephant's comes off as the kind of band who would be fantastic in a smoky bar, sometime around 10:00 at night, when you're already a little tipsy -- you buy the record, take it home, put it in the next morning and are astonished at how different it sounds.
This is a very raw record from what is very obviously a bar band. The mix of White Stripes-esque technique with The Hold Steady's unbridled passion for making music manages to come off as a balls-out blues-rock-soul hybrid that, again, makes for an interesting listening experience. Only two of the songs are over three minutes, and all of them burn along with the same passion and fervor that gives this band an edge over the Hinders and Nickelbacks of the world. There are two 45-second tracks, "Our Friends" and "Leave It Up To The Wurlitzer," that break from this with acoustic strumming and a weird bass jam, respectively, and the closer,"So Long," is in the same acoustic vein as "Our Friends."
Basically, this is just what you'd expect from any bar band: 13 tracks of heavy blues-rock that manages to rock, but that all blends together. There are a few standout tracks: opener "Where's Derek" is more nuanced than most of the tracks in a sort of Black Sabbath fashion, and "Call It Something Else" edges on more advanced music. The bass throughout the album is also excellent - laying a nice foundation for the noodling that goes on above it. The lead singer howls like the devil's after his soul, the drums pound on, and the guitar just keeps churning out riff after riff.
Again, this is really not much more than you're expecting. It fails to break from the mold like Fighting With Wire, but manages to be in the same vein of enjoyably bland guitar-rock.