By danbrightcliffe | July 4th, 2012
There must be something in the water in Philadelphia. Something must be causing the recent wave of awesome, retro-sounding, Americana-influenced groups such as The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile. Following in the footsteps of each of those groups are a relatively new group on the scene: Tin Horses.
After listening to their debut LP American Radiance, it was hard not to think of another band with a horse in their name — Neil Young’s Crazy Horse. But don’t think Tin Horses are just another lame Neil Young tribute act. On their LP, Tin Horses sound as if Crazy Horse lived through the underground sound of America in the 90s, where punk bands finally embraced the classic rock acts that have come before them, such as Dinosaur Jr.
Third track, “You Took Care Of Me While I Was Dyin’,” is the best example of everything that makes up Tin Horses’ sound in six and a half minutes, working perfectly as the spine of the album. The track begins with heavy guitar feedback, before falling into acoustic guitar rhythm and rolling down-home feel, with Everett’s vocals accented beautifully by lap steel guitar leads. Midway through the track the fuzzy, Crazy Horse-esque guitars return for some solos in between verses, and then come back with full force for the last minute and a half of the song, which is full of solos and guitar interplay that would make both Young and J. Mascis jealous.