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Lickerish - Gasoline Review

by Gary Schwind

I first encountered this Long Beach, California, band when they opened for David Lindley. They were quite good the night that I saw them perform and they're quite good on this album as well. Lickerish is a multi-faceted band that incorporates several distinct influences in their sound.

The album begins with a real classic rock sort of sound. "Deep Love" is a guitar-driven song that would do pretty well on any classic rock station that I can think of. Somehow it reminds me of John Mellencamp. A few songs later, in " Hold On ", Lickerish reminds me pretty distinctly of Cheap Trick. On this song, they've captured that upbeat, somewhat garage-y guitar sound that Cheap Trick did so well.

Another facet of this band is politically-tinged songs such as "Gasoline" and "Dominoes." These songs really remind me of protest songs from the 60s. These songs are very much in-the-moment and influenced by the times in which they were written. "Gasoline " includes the following lyrics : " Like a fish, they're gonna take you out of water. Like a lamb, they're gonna take you to the slaughter." I don't know about you, but I find those lyrics poignant and pertinent.

The other major influence of Lickerish is the blues. "Cold World" and "Killing Floor" [the Howlin' Wolf classic] are bluesy tunes. "Cold World" starts with a Stevie Ray sort of riff and is a mellow blues jam. Perhaps the best way to sum up Lickerish's version of "Killing Floor" is to say that this might have been the result if Mark Knopfler had done a song for The Blues Brothers soundtrack.

This is a solid album filled with catchy, meaningful songs. Lickerish shows they are just as proficient in the studio as on stage. Bluesy classic rock fans, this one's for you.

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