Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, southern rock trio Pinto Graham serves up psychedelic riffage that pulls audiences to their feet. The diverse musical experiences of bassist/vocalist Ant Reckart, guitarist/vocalist Andre Roman, and drummer Brian Harr.
Although labeled Southern Rock, Pinto Graham is much more than that. And with that, we all have our own opinions of what bands fit into what genres. Southern Rock tends to be a loose fit for these guys. With influences ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Pentagram, they blend these as well as many others into a form of music that simply put, is just fuckin’ cool.
I was a bit hesitant to review it for the site here as the metal aspects are slight, but they tend to be there. Maybe it tends to be more of a stoner / heavy rock sound. Or it could even be called southern psychedelic. Whatever you want to call it, I’m gonna call it like it is, good and heavy.
The album opener FURTHER is a punchy hard rocking track that has plenty of groove and headbangability to it. (Yeah, that’s not really a word.) It leads itself into the next track SLEEPING GIANT which to me is a nod to Black Sabbath as it is plenty heavy yet doomy as hell. SOUTHERN SUPERSTITIONS could be a track done by Danzig from the 90’s. DREAMCATCHER has that feel of coming up from a 6ft bong hit! Not that I’d know what that was like (hint hint, nudge nudge) and rips into a more bluesy rocker in the likes of Molly Hatchet. OLD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN is a catchy one that chugs along with some pretty chunky gallops. The album is rounded out by a slower paced and bluesy track THE WEIGHT that is up there with some good ole Black Country Communion.
The players here top-notch and what they have produced here is pretty close to perfect in regards to having an album of really good songs from start to finish. Pinto Graham are one of those bands that do not really sound like anyone else while sound like everyone else. Great album! I am looking forward to catching them in a live setting.
Brian Harris – drums
Andre Roman – guitar, vocals
Ant Reckart – bass and vocals