Sons of Liberty – ‘Animism’ album review

Band: Sons of Liberty
Album: Animism
Release Date: 25th October, 2019
Label: Roulette Media



Review by Sean

Sons of Liberty are confusing to me. Not because of their Southern/Country rock sound, but because they share a name with the Jon Schaffer political side project. This lot might just make more use of the name though, if we’re being honest. The main reason being, this is a down home, foot tapping, good old time of an album, and I’m happy the opportunity to review fell into my lap (yes, thank you editor), so I won’t waste any of your time and I’ll get right to it.

‘It’s My Bad’ starts us off with a punchy number, setting the tone for much of what we’re gonna get throughout the album.
If you’ve heard of these fellas before, you know what you’re in store for, if not, this is the perfect  introduction to the band as a whole, even if second track ‘Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief’ takes us down more of the Country route than some might be comfortable with. Think prime Skynyrd, without the politics.

From there we have a few songs that are definitely up my alley sound wise, as the band open the taps a bit and let the good times flow. ‘Up Shit Creek’ is a fun one, ‘Snake Hips Slim’ is exactly the type of Country rock I look for, and ‘Start It Up’ honestly is a weird one, personally. You’ve gotta follow me a little here, seriously. That intro, it’s familiar. And then it hit me. It sounds a little similar (LITTLE, not EXACT) to Hangar 18, without the thrash. I’m not pulling your pisser, listen. It’s still a great song though. A definite highlight for sure.

Things slow down a touch here as ‘Old Soak Joe’ mellows us out, musically at least. The vocals tell a slightly different story, but the music here is beautiful, man. It might actually be my favourite track, but then I do love the sadder ones.
Thankfully we’re not sad for long though, cos ‘Deep Down Crazy’ pulls us back up and into the fuzzy Southern rock sound people go nuts for these days. It’s a fast moving number, a little formulaic, but it works.

‘Marvin Popcorn Sutton’ on the other hand is a better one. The groove flows better, it sounds more Country while keeping the bite of the Southern rock sound, and I dug it a lot. Certainly got my head moving and my feet tapping. It’s a fun one, and one you’ll be humming or whistling to yourself in time.
The longest track we have here is definitely the most mature sounding. ‘Into the Great Unknown’ has a marvellous sounding intro that blends wonderfully into the main song. It’s a slower one, sure, but not soft. It’s gritty and another story driven song, and another strong contender for my pick of the bunch.
Special note for the solo here. It’s absolutely the best one on the album, and it’s my favourite type of solo too. They’ve gone for heart and soul over being showy or technical. Suits the song so well.

Closing us out is the duo of ‘Tumbleweed’ and ‘Lead Don’t Follow. The former gives us an uptempo sound, back to the toe tapping stuff we know and love, and you’ll be singing that chorus along with the band, it’s so catchy. The latter is absolutely a “send ’em home happy” style of song. It’s upbeat, has a positive message, and the groove flows excellently.
Overall, this is an incredibly solid album and if you’re like me and you love your rock to be Southern or Country flavoured, then this is the album for you

8 out of 10



Track Listing:
01. It’s My Bad
02. Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief
03. Up Shit Creek
04. Snake Hips Slim
05. Start It Up
06. Old Soak Joe
07. Deep Down Crazy
08. Marvin Popcorn Sutton
09. Into The Great Unknown
10. Tumbleweed
11. Lead Don’t Follow