Matt Walker and Ashley Davies

Matt Walker & Ashley Davies

There’s something bold and beautiful about a guitar-and-drums duo. Long before the White Stripes burst on the scene, lap steeler Matt Walker and drummer Ashley Davies teamed up to make rowdy, droning, rootsy rock that owes as much to the Velvet Underground as it does to Howlin’ Wolf. On this album—the duo’s first studio release since 1997’s churning I Listen to the Night—Walker moves between grinding lap steel, ringing flat-top, and whistling bottleneck to play noisy rockers, swampy blues, and even jangly folk-rock. Everything has an edgy, spontaneous feel that’s fed by the two Aussies’ telepathic interplay. Walker’s psychedelic steel licks are especially inspiring. If you believe music should sound wild and free, you’ll dig this. (Stovepipe)
—Andy Ellis