Filligar - Hexagon
Illinois band Filligar return with their fifth album Hexagon, and they have clearly been influenced by acts like The Black Keys and most especially Kings of Leon, with their Deep South-soaked bluesy rock and roll. And, despite the obviousness of the influences, they still come up with something that can stand on its own.
Those longing for a more back to basics sound from Caleb and co. may find a place for Hexagon in their collection. Missing are radio-friendly MOR songs; instead Filligar deliver angst-ridden atmospheric tunes with plenty of guitar, drum and the occasional blast from the harmonica for good measure. The muscular epic 'Digging for Water' (running time six and half minutes) is nestled right in the middle and is singularly impressive. This, along with 'Lock & Key' and aptly titled 'Great Big Heavy' show that the band can turn their hand to big tunes when necessary. 'New Local' and 'The Thrill' - with it's cool southern-fried groove - also work well. All in all this is a pretty decent effort from a long-standing band, yet to make a dent in the UK. This album just might see them do it.