This is Eastbound Jesus’ third studio recording and follows on from last year’s excellent live album; all this as well as a hard touring schedule since their inception in 2010. Their sound hasn’t changed a great deal in that time, nor did it need to, but there has been a ‘hardening off’ or perhaps a maturation in their hugely pleasurable take on a powerful alt. country sound that has elements of bluegrass and other roots strains. To a degree I am reminded of the Old Crow Medicine Show, not in terms of their sound but because there is an exuberance and life to their music that few other bands possess. Certainly there are other areas of similarity, such as their virtuosity, although that fiery commitment is what stands out, almost as if the two bands are interchangeable, dependant on whether they want to play alt. country or a strain of the older traditional acoustic music that the Old Crows play.
Eastbound Jesus define themselves with the release of their third album in as many years. Northern Rock not only gives rise to the sextet’s own sound, but perhaps defines something that had previously been elusive – a sub-genre of music pumping out of the northern region of this country. It’s something a kin to southern […]