I See Hawks In L.A. - Mystery Drug
Laid back Californian country-rockers I See Hawks In L.A. deliver their Laurel Canyon-style vibes on seventh album, Mystery Drug. The core trio of Rob Waller, Paul Lacques, and Paul Marshall take the vocal and guitar duties while some of the finest session musicians the Golden State has to offer help out on a wealth of additional instruments. The particular standouts from this crowd are the pedal steel guitars prominently displayed across the eleven tracks on the album. Always a slightly out there group, I See Hawks... continue with their weirdly eclectic mix of lyrical subjects mixed with a more usual sounding country style, sometimes subtly mixing in a touch of blues. Steaming straight in with pedal steel guitar (and all the country trappings that go with it) ‘Oklahoma’s Going Dry’ kicks things off and they continue along the country road with ‘The Beauty Of The Better States’ and ‘We Could All Be In Laughlin Tonight’. Waller’s baritone country drawl compliments the twanging guitars and bass, and brings a neat depth to the experience. A drop of European flavour is added on Gallic influenced ‘One Drop Of Human Blood’, while the most fun is had with ‘Rock N Roll Cymbal From The Seventies’ and the ninety second blast of mildly annoyed humour on ‘Stop Driving Like An Asshole’ (“The angels will sing, sha-la-la-la, he drove like an asshole”). I See Hawks In L.A. have produced something more psychedelic, in lyrics rather than sound, than your run of the mill country album, and that makes an interesting change.