Song: Can't Get There From Here
House In Back offers up an authentic-sounding love letter to the classic days of country/Americana rock with their undeniably charming "Can't Get There From Here", not only have they done a sterling job of capturing that undeniably classic mid-western sound brilliantly, but they do so with a clear passion for the genre, making for a particularly laid back listening experience.
The way in which the guitar is effectively used to fill in the gaps in-between the lyrics is an excellent way to keep the arrangement feeling dynamic, this interspersing of these short yet highly melodic guitar interludes works extremely well and creates an excellent question and answer theme between both the guitar and lead vocalist. The lyrics are well-written and effectively conveyed and the overall performances are strong, culminating in a track that is well-written and stylistically fitting.
About The Reviewer:
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording.
Song: My One Lousy Friend
House In Back have released their new Country tune My One Lousy Friend. Opening with a gorgeous pedal steel, My One Lousy Friend boasts a quick Country groove and sweet sound. The guitars and percussion all work to create a solid foundation for the vocals, and have a breezy attitude that will have fans of Country and Gulf Rock pining for more. In contrast to the general sweetness of the music, the lyrics deliver a sour punch to the piece of work who calls themself your "friend". When times get tough and you need a shoulder of support, this person steps out of the way and slips out the door. They are sung with a gentle and patient tone that adds snark and wit to the overall tune. As the song progresses, listeners are treated to a fine and melodic guitar solo that gently carries them to the final chorus. With the release of My One Lousy Friend, House In Back shows a strong command of Country style and lyricism that lends itself to a very enjoyable listening experience.
The wit hidden behind the tune is very fun. While the overall sound is positive, gentle, and easy going, the lyrics surprise with their intent. Listeners should stay diligent and not get lost in the music, as they could risk letting the lyrics slip in one ear and out the other. Thus turning them into a particularly lousy friend.
About The Reviewer: Zachary Larson is a professional touring guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured as a classical chamber musician, onboard luxury cruises, and with the Broadway musicals Finding Neverland and Escape To Margaritaville. His recorded work spans from classical works and pop tunes, to mind-bending experimental music. His arrangements of orchestral music are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver.