Johnny Hart and the Mess – Desertland

Johnny Hart and the Mess - DesertlandJohnny Hart and the Mess is a band based in Buffalo, NY. We’ve reviewed them before here and even invited them to be a featured artist which didn’t work out…YET! However, we’re excited to have some new music from them to share with YOU! If you’re into jam rock with a southern flare then keep reading! These are really good and they keep getting better with age!

Johnny Hart and the Mess – Desertland

The album Desertland gets started with “You Clearly Don’t Own a Mirror.” This song kind of starts the album out by ripping your face off with some serious edge! I am loving the slide guitar and Johnny’s voice together. It’s like honey and tea, perfectly matched. The production of this album is some of the best I’ve heard from an indie rock band this year.

“Mad Mad Man” keeps things going with another rocker. I know, I sound old when I say “rocker” but this song just ROCKS! For real, adding the female vocalist to the mix gives it that good ol’ southern feel that I think really takes Johnny’s music to another level. I grew up a huge Lynyrd Skynyrd fan and even though Johnny doesn’t sound like them, he definitely can get an old Southern rock fan interested fast! The title track “Desertland” shows Johnny’s voice off once again. This guy can wail! I love how strong his voice is on the high notes. There aren’t many singers like him around these days. He’s lucky as his band supports him solidly thru every song. I can’t forget to mention that guitar work on “Desertland” as well. Not only on the title track but in general on the entire record.

Musicality abounds throughout this album and “Nothing Without You” is no exception. In fact, I think the intro is the best guitar hook on Desertland. It starts out with a conversation between opposite panned guitar melodies, a sort of sub-plot to the song’s story that’s fun to experience how it meanders about. Kudos to the stellar bass track and sharp drums here as well.

The Black Crowes must be an influence for Johnny, and their Southern blues/rock style is present throughout the album. What’s interesting with songs like “Money Always Wins” and “Wake Me” is the added grunge influence. Pearl Jam surely comes to mind with these two songs, and the similar production/mixing tricks from that era. All in all, one of the Top 10 Indie Albums we’ve heard this year!

I’m curious to know what YOU think about the music of Johnny Hart and the Mess! Get in touch on social media and let me know your thoughts! Also, make sure to let Johnny Hart and the Mess know that you heard their music here first on Indie Music PLUS! As always, thank you for reading and continuing to support indie music of all genres from all over the globe!

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