The Damnations TX, Half Mad Moon

by PopMatters Staff

 

Equal parts alt-country and power pop, it’s only fitting The Damnations TX spring from the same Austin music scene as The Gourds and Cotton Mather and prove adept as true genre-busters. “Unholy Train” is a slice of driving power pop, while “No Sign of Water” has the gorgeous harmony singing and poignant guitar-playing of a country-rock classic. Meanwhile, “Down the Line” rips and roars with a rockabilly bluster that recalls the best of fellow Austinite Monte Warden. Then, it’s on to the banjo-spiced, Appalachian-accented “Spit and Tears” and the bluegrassy “Kansas.” For an album that races by in a little over a half an hour, you really feel like you’ve been somewhere when the ride is over.

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