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Quick hits: Sweetkiss Momma

February 24, 2011

Oklahoma sits firmly in the Midwest. It is often stereotyped as a hick state, but the culture here is not a Southern one. We belong to prairies, not swampland. I hear a lot more Toby Keith than Lynyrd Skynyrd in public.

But even though I’m not as familiar with Southern rock as some others may be, I can tell you when a band cranks out good, crunchy Skynyrd-inspired tunes. And Sweetkiss Momma does just that on Revival Rock.

With their uber-Southern name and gritty sound, I was surprised to find that they hail from the Pacific Northwest. Only on second listen to the grungy undertones of the sound shine through. The first time, all you’re gonna hear is the infectious melodies, drawl, organ and Southern-fried guitar licks. They’re all over the place, so it’s hard to miss ’em. The radio-friendly pop of “Slow Fade” recalls Zac Brown Band, while “Strange Fire” is draws comparisons to the slow bit of  “Free Bird.”

But the majority of the tunes here are rifftastic rockers, with vocals sneering and dictating over iconic Southern rock idioms. If you like Southern rock, you’ll be all over Sweetkiss Momma’s Revival Rock. It’s even worth a glance if you’re interested in the genre; it’s a solid record through and through.

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