Punky, funky and just a little bit country, Portland trio the Quick and Easy Boys deliver all the goods without a hint of genre dilettantism on their rousing sophomore release, Red Light Rabbit. Granted, our heroes aren’t quite the clever and unique genre alchemists they think themselves to be—everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Phish to My Morning Jacket has trod similar territory—but these guys (singer/guitarist Jimmy Miller, singer/bassist Sean Badders and drummer Michael Goetz) do it with verve and understanding, and I’ll be damned if inventive guitarist Miller ain’t a hotshot in the making.
Opener “Foster I…”, sets the pace with a Devo-gone-funk vibe and Miller’s urgent, clipped vocals and the album’s eponymous track is an open road burner, despite its brake-pumping title. The rig-rock bona fides of “Breakin’ Love” reveal a genuine love of ‘70s country, and hell, there’s even a little Joe Walsh vibe on (sic) “Spicey Paella”. Still, punk/funk drives the band and separates the Quick and Easy Boys from the rock masses. Great on record, I can only imagine the raucousness that accompanies their lives sets—I mean, you get a bunch of punks, funky souls and cowboys in a room together…
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