Spanish Gamble - It's All Coming Down
Seems like the US throws up bands like Spanish Gamble on a monthly basis, taking the basic Leatherface template and throwing in a little of latter day Hot Water Music's twin guitar attack for a set of anthemic air-punchers designed to soundtrack those endless drives between one horse towns. There's something a little more slack-jawed about the vocal delivery here, rather than the usual gruffness but you can't argue with the fire behind the words. Highlights include the duelling guitars of 'We Are The Restless' ('... and we never sleep') and closing track 'I Just Wanted To Know', with its ethereal, Small Brown Bike-style opening section that points to a potentially more experimental future. Definitely worth an each-way bet, if you fancy a flutter.