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Left Lane Cruiser: Junkyard Speed Ball

High on clatter, low on classics.

Us Brits love a bit of dungaree-clad, trucker-capped, redneck authenticity. But while Left Lane Cruiser will probably charm the music press, the Indiana blues-rock duo sound short on ideas.

This is the band’s fourth album, which seems quite a feat of milking, given that by the midpoint of Junkyard Speed Ball you’ll be checking it’s not just repeating Track 1.

Momentarily, they fool you with an admittedly killer sound, as highlights like Lost My Mind clatter by with catarrh vocals, wasp-in-a-box guitars and a relentless percussive thud like a roadhouse barfly panelling the head of a lost tourist, but the limitations of the two-man format are quickly revealed and three-chord slide-blues racket abounds.

“We sound incredible to drunk people,” Evans said recently. That’s probably true. But we’re sober and they’re boring.

Henry Yates

Henry Yates is a freelance journalist who has written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a regular guest on Times Radio and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.