Review: Bulletwolf 'As Fast as My Home Town'

 

Bulletwolf engages in some

loud, unfettered guitar worship on their second album, As Fast as My Home

Town. It's not like their debut, Double Shots of Rock and Roll, scrimped

on the guitar action, but this time around they take the axe showcase to a

whole 'nother level. In fact, Bulletwolf and producer Bob Fouts seem to push

the guitar faders to the point of overwhelming everything else.

Strangely, this approach

works, resulting in a central Indiana stoner masterwork that's as slow as it is

sludgy (check the cover of The Melvin's "Honey Bucket"), and as loud as it is

fast ("Cabernet Jay"). It's an

album that's equally at home with a ham-fisted homage to the

Neanderthal-starring film Quest For Fire and a track about Indiana's Sunday liquor laws, "In Your Face".

Three songs take this album

into classic territory: "(Way Too Young to) Party Serious," a definitive

Hoosier stoner party anthem; "Right On (Party On)," which features lyrics by

George The Painter, a popular columnist for The Horse, a magazine devote to

Harley riders; and the wicked closer, "Truck Stop Awesome," a super-charged

celebration of all the things you might find in a Pilot travel plaza at 3 in

the morning. Never has a song about Wolf T-shirts and dream-catcher vests

rocked so hard or rung so true.

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