You don’t need to listen to a lot of Fireball by Western Star to realize what the band and album are all about. From the opening notes of the title track, you realize that this is a rock and roll band that believes in both volume and tempo. The amazing thing about this song is that it picks up even more toward the end. The last couple minutes of the song feature a furiously fast instrumental break that builds and some howls that are pure rock and roll.
If you had to summarize this album with just one word, urgent would be a good choice. The guys in this band plays rock and roll like their lives depend on it. In that regard, the band is similar to Two Cow Garage. Another way this band is like Two Cow Garage is that it creates songs that make you want to crank the volume, pump your fist, and sing along. A good example of the urgency created by this band is “The Difference”. Each part of this song just exudes energy and volume. Don’t be surprised if you get a little sweaty when listening to this song – even though it’s only two and a half minutes long. “Thousand Heartaches” is another great example of how furiously this band plays.
If you like your rock and roll loud and fast – or particularly if you’re a fan of Flesh Vehicle – it’s a safe bet that you will like this album, which was produced by Ken Bethea of Old 97s. Fireball is available now from Saustex Media.