Traveling Salesman Killer on the Run[CD]
From the opening burst of electric guitar on "Dropout Theory", The Jimmyriggers' debut album Traveling Salesman, Killer on the Run... announces itself as something of a stylistic anomaly. With a nod to the hard-edged twang of Uncle Tupelo, the sweet rootsy pop of the Jayhawks, and the nostalgia of early 90's Can-con rock radio, this Montreal-based three-piece delivers their blend of rock and alt-country with a direct no-holds-barred attitude. The trio counterpoints it's full electric sound and powerful rhythms with strong melodic song structures and vocal harmonies. Recorded in Montreal at the Sound Module with producer/engineer Fern Bouie, Traveling Salesman... captures the band's live sound with only a few touches of acoustic guitar sprinkled in for good measure. The varied 11 song collection touches on such diverse subjects as love, suicide, day-job cynicism, and road tales of both dissipation and redemption, all without sacrificing pop sensibility. With equal doses of eclectic sophistication and ear-ringing, night-out-at-the-bar rawness, this debut delivers a potent blend that will appeal to rock and roots fans alike. Recent Press Quotes: -- Exclaim! - Not since I discovered the country punk attitude and pure bliss of Uncle Tupelo's final record (1993's Anodyne) during a late night university listening session has there been a record that's got under my skin so much. This trio of Montreal musicians channel the energy of their alt-country predecessors to offer Canada's truest contribution to this overused term for a genre. Stay tuned - they are an undiscovered indie band to watch in 2009. - David McPherson -- Montreal Mirror - Springing from the groundswell of the Montreal roots scene that has spawned talent like United Steelworkers of Montreal, Li'l Andy etc., the Jimmyriggers are sure to add to the momentum. With a sound comparable to the Jayhawks or later Uncle Tupelo, the Jimmyriggers add a little bit of twang to their strum, and the healthy competition between chief songwriters David Pearce and Andre Kirchhoff finds them playing off each other perfectly. - Johnson Cummins.
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