Written by Allison and Jason Theriot
When you think about Rock and Roll typically it is hard, loud, in your face. But sometimes you get that chance to hear Rock that encompasses that as well as a little southern soul. When I first heard Blacktop Mojo I instantly felt their sound.
Singer Matt James has a hard hitting vocal with a melodic tone. Guitarists Ryan Kiefer, Kenneth Irwin, complement each other with similar styles yet distinctively different at times. Throw in some great bass from Matt Curtis and drum kicks from Nathan Gillis and you have the making of a rising rock band.
Blacktop Mojo is a cool band from the great state of Texas. Like the saying, “All things are bigger in Texas,” these boys are out to make some big noise. I could go through the band’s history, but I feel it more important to share the band’s most recent accomplishment and that is the release of their sophomore album, Burn the Ships. Like most up and coming bands, they have been plugging along, supporting bigger named bands, playing their local circuit of bars, clubs and venues and reaching out via Social Media. With that being said, their fan base is significant and seems to be growing at a steady rate.
So, I did what I always do after receiving new material. I threw the CD into my car’s player and cranked the volume to ear burning decibels. “Where the Wind blows” is the first track and sets the standard for this Southern Rock style album. Their first single from the album, “Pyromaniac” starts off with that southern rock strum and quickly turns into a song you catch yourself singing.
I thoroughly enjoyed “End of Days,” which is reminiscent of what is happening in the world around us, and the title track “Burn the Ships” amongst the other tracks.
They visit what we “Old School” rockers consider a Rock Ballad in the songs, “Prodigal” taking me back. They also did a highly respectful cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”
I think this album is solid and clearly shows which direction the band is headed artistically. The vocals and harmonies are great on all tracks along with some decent guitar work. This album has received a permanent slot in my collection.
At the end of the day, Blacktop Mojo Burn the Ships is enjoyable and leaves you wanting more from this rock blues-infused band.