On El Sombrero, the band's second CD, the foursome gear-jams its way through eight songs of fresh Texas whup-ass. Think late-'70's ZZ Top crossed with late '70's Judas Priest. (Or maybe Corrosion of Conformity on a boogie-rock bender. Dual guitar driven, this scruffy foursome comes roaring out of the box on the first four tracks here, all excellent headbanging chunks of sharp-turn-at-60-mph goodness.
Track 2, "Local Honey" is a particular winner, and quite possibly the best heading-out-to -the-highway driving song released this year. Another high point is "Muffin," a slow building instrumental peppered with nice wah-wah riffs soaked with delay. And definitely do not miss the hidden track - an aggressive, slightly uptempo take on Pink Floyd's classic "Breathe." Powered by vintage Oranges, Sunns, Marshalls, and Gibsons, Hognose sounds tight enough to bounce a quarter off (if not a silver dollar!). And with its spot-on production and overall great sound, El Sombrero is unequivocally one more reason you don't mess with Texas.
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