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TRACER – El Pistolero

| 17 July 2013 | Reply

Label: Mascot Records
Released 5 July 2013
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Tracer - El Pistolero CD

Tracer hail from Adelaide, but you wouldn’t know it as they’ve concentrated on relentless touring in Europe and The States over the past few years, not to mention that there’s not much distinctly “Aussie” about their sound either.

It’s refreshing as hell to hear an Aussie band NOT sound like an AC/DC derivative, and on El Pistolero – the band’s second record – they lash the melodic power of Foo Fighters onto the sheer wall of guitars of desert rockers Kyuss, before looking at the whole shebang through Soundgarden coloured glasses.

It’s a heady mix of influences and one which works for them, with the end result being thirteen tracks that are intense and potent, and inspired for the most part by the Robert Rodriguez movie The Desperado, which starred Antonio Banderas, and the desert stoner influences give a real dusty Tex-Mex feel to the tracks.

Producer-to-the-stars Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Silverchair, Cold Chisel) adjusts the dials, giving the sound a classic 70’s power trio vibe.

El Pistolero is huge from start to finish – hottest cuts include Wolf In Cheap Clothes, the drone-tastic ultra grunge of Scream In Silence, Hangman’s epic-Zep flavourings, the head shakingly full on Manic For Ya or the stoner-Western Until The War Is Won.

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