Remember your old neighbors, the guys who were always out in their driveway working on their ’72 Camaro? They would crank tunes on the shitty AM-FM car radio or of course the 8-track. The music was laden down with heavy rock guitar riffs and spiked with nasty-ass screamin’ vocals, and it sure sounded great on a summer evening, cruising down County Trunk X, windows down, upholstery warmed to that leather and cigarette smoke smell. Ah yes ... Okay, that was then, but we’ve got a cd here that’ll bring the rock NOW.
You heard me right: rock. Fear Not the Obvious, the debut cd by the Yayhoos, will make you want to crank that volume knob. Talk about good-time music; here’s a record so good and so greasy, you’ll need to keep a moist towelette near the hi-fi; a record so full of twin-guitar bluster and Southern-fried boogie that you’ll be hauling all your Blackfoot records to the curb cuz they just ain’t “rock” enough anymore; a record so rife with swaggering, sly grins, we almost called it Cuatro Hombres.
From the opening power chords of the invitation you can’t refuse, “What Are We Waiting For” (“it’s happy hour all the time”), through the down-n-dirty Southern slowboogie of “Get Right With Jesus,” on through hard-drivers like “Hunt You Down” and “Hankerin’,” the Yayhoos wield their guitars and rock-songwriting chops with an intimidatingly offhanded aplomb. Hell, it’s second nature for them, just like raisin’ cain and havin’ fun -- both of which are here in spades.
So who, you wonder, ARE these guys that conjure up Johnny Thunders as easily as Johnny Cash? Singer/guitarist Dan Baird is best known as the gap-toothed frontman of the Georgia Satellites (who doesn't remember "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" with guilty fondness?), and recorded two solo discs for American Recordings. Drummer Terry Anderson has played with the Backsliders and the Woods, put out three solo records, and wrote (among many others) "I Love You Period," which Dan Baird covered with gusto. Bassist Keith Christopher has backed Shaver and Paul Westerberg, and is currently with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Guitarist/producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, in addition to stints with Joan Jett's Blackhearts, the Del-Lords, Roscoe's Gang and currently Steve Earle & the Dukes, has produced records for Blue Mountain, the Bottle Rockets and The Blacks, among others. Need we go on about rock-and-roll cred?
The Yayhoos have whetted the world’s appetite for their satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs brand of music by contributing stellar tracks to Rig Rock Deluxe, the Stones tribute Pain It Blue and Bloodshot’s recent five-year anniversary CD, Down To The Promised Land. Now you’re messin’ with a son of a Yayhoo ...