Truth and Salvage Co. w/Pete Francis of Dispatch & Carl Broemel

When: Thu., June 3, 7 p.m. 2010

Although their songs don't always cut as deeply as intended, Truth & Salvage Co. pull off an intelligent, soulful updating of classic rock on their eponymous full-length debut. Their obvious models are The Band and The Rolling Stones, but the Los Angeles sextet also recalls Brinsley Schwarz's disaffected country-rock. Singer Scott Kinnebrew never overplays his hand — his tales of dislocation and forlorn love come across as the product of manageable tests of manhood, not cries of the heart. Not everything works on Truth & Salvage Co., but the riff that powers "Rise Up" demonstrates the band's savvy. Chris Robinson's production emphasizes their rough harmony vocals and their easy way with tempo. "You can take control of your life / And never forget to ask the question ‘Why, why, why, Lord?’ " they sing. In the end, the record may be too controlled, but it's an accomplished debut.

Edd Hurt


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