Water Tower Bucket Boys 'Sole Kitchen'

 This energetic string band have upped their game with their new album. Bringing in producer Mike Herrera (of MxPX and the excellent Tumbledown) gives their sound an new edge and added dimension that makes their self-written songs and multi-vocal assault work that much better than before. They've also added texture with the array of acoustic instruments including banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica and on three tracks drums, played by Harley Trotland of Tumbledown. These are song that take a age old form and give it a new lease of life as these song deal with the band's life and travails rather than being rooted in the songs of the past that many similar bands use as the basis of their set. Telegraph is a less frantic tale of meeting people in specific places. The vocals are shared between the four players and are often delivered in unison creating a punk like fusion of action and vision. The country break-up tale of Since You've Been Gone could easily find space on a straight country album. London Breakdown highlights their instrumental skills which are pretty damn good. Their hundred-mile-an-hour street gang bluegrass is full on in Blackbird Pickin' At A Squirrel, while the more measured Sunday Night Roast is another strong contender. Kenny Feinstein, Josh Rabie, Cory Goldman and Walter Spencer are the Water Tower Bucket Boys and they are doubtless picking up fans as they go and with the albums getting better with each release it can't be two long before they get the same interest as bands like Old Crow Medicine Show or Chatham County Line. They just need the right breaks and a little more exposure to help them on their way from Their Portland, Oregon base to the world at large. www.watertowerbucketboys.com