Eight songs, eight bands, eight possible winners of Classic Rock's Tracks Of The Week. Who's done the best job, and therefore deserves to emerge victorious? You decide. Check out the scorching shortlist below, then vote for your favourite using our poll at the foot of this page.
Last week’s winner was Jim Kirkpatrick, followed by Echobats in second place and Karobela in third. Enjoy a spin of Jim's winning single, then dive into this week's list and vote with all your might.
Deep Purple - Nothing At All
Retirement was on the cards. Hell, it was all but signed off, with 2017’s InFinite teed up as their last – not to mention the subsequent tour named ‘The Long Goodbye’. Still, things change, and with new material as fresh-sounding and unbloated as this, it’s clear that Messrs Gillan, Paice, Glover, Morse and Airey aren’t done yet. It bodes well for Whoosh!, the brand new Deep Purple album, which goes on sale in August.
The Lemon Twigs - Live In Favour Of Tomorrow
Long Island’s D’Addario brothers have stirred up a jangling, sugar-sweet ice cream soda of 60s West Coast psychedelia, early Beatles touches and dashes of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Like what you hear, and fancy some more? The new album, Songs For The General Public, is out on August 21.
All The Witches - The Children Of Coyote Woman
Keep on tripping out now with Nashville’s renegade masters of textured, alternative psych rock hoodoo. The Children Of Coyote Woman is softer and more wistful than most of our favourites from their back catalogue, but no less potent for it. In three and a half concise minutes it swirls together the darkest shades of outlaw country, American gothic and blues. Promising omens for their next LP, which comes out in September.
Cherry Truck - Love Become Law
It started out, as many things do these days, on Zoom. Monster Truck appeared as guests on Black Stone Cherry’s streamed ‘Cherry Chat’ sessions, when the two bands decided to write a song together – posting virtual writing sessions online. The end result? This dirty, swaggering sucker punch of hard bluesy rock and heartfelt solidarity, with all proceeds going to Black Lives Matter Foundation and The Boys and Girls Club of America. Nice.
Robert Jon & The Wreck - Do You Remember
Accompanied by sepia-tinted footage of the band as kids and teenagers, this single from 2020 album, Last Light On The Highway, features the sort of twin-lead guitars and lusty roots rock’n’roll of which The Allman Brothers and (more recently) Blackberry Smoke would approve. If you’re a fan of The Sheepdogs’ brand of sunshiney, 70s revivalism – and of 70s rock generally, let's be honest – you’ll love this.
Harriet Comfort - Time Is Now
The debut single from these London-based indie rockers packs an energetic classy punch. Charged with urgency, driving guitars and commanding vocals – morphing into a darker bridge section, backed by haunting, atmospheric keys – it’s a fizzy, snappy call to arms with deceptive layers of depth.
Massive Wagons - The Curry Song
Yes folks it is literally a song about curry (the first lyrics could’ve been read straight from a takeaway menu; maybe they were...) but if you think that makes it purely gimmicky – or the work of a band trying to be funny at the expense of actual musical merit – think again. The Curry Song pops and punches out with zeal, not taking itself too seriously (see the riffy call n’ response: ‘I say Rogan you say MOSH!’) or too un-seriously.
Slaves To Humanity - Behind My Back
We’re finishing up in Orange County, California this week with rising rockers Slaves To Humanity, whose upcoming album includes Rivals Sons’ Scott Holiday on its list of producers. Since forming in March 2019 they’ve peddled a style they call ‘Sunset grunge’. What exactly is that? The sound of 80s/90s Seattle with more sunshine? Slick, beefy 21st century rock with a spring in its step and a moody backdrop? See what you think...