New sounds from close to home
GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY SWEET NOTHINGS
Girls Guns and Glory released three albums in as many years and won just about every local music award in sight. Now Boston’s honky-tonk heroes have returned after a three-year break from the recording studio with a work destined to stand among their best.
The band’s effortlessly elegant take on classic country-and-western and pre-Beatles, Roy Orbison-meets-Everlys pop remains intact, as does its catchy hooks and frontman Ward Hayden’s silk-lined vocals.
With all this strum and twang, it’s hard to believe Hayden - who recalls smooth talkers like Chris Isaak and Dwight Yoakam, with a dash of Buddy Holly’s jumpy, hiccupy style - hails from Scituate and not the South. But from the bittersweet, hitch-in-his-throat opener of “Baby’s Got a Dream’’ to the gallop and gait of “Root Cellar’’ to the greasy rockabilly ramble of “Snake Skin Belt,’’ Girls Guns and Glory demonstrates a mastery of moods and roots styles that transcends regional boundaries.
As if to drive that point home, Taunton native Sarah Borges makes a cameo for a George-and-Tammy-style duet with Hayden on the sweet and sour “1,000 Times.’’ Guest stars aside, “Sweet Nothings’’ glides, soars, and roars on its own, courtesy of a gifted group playing at the peak of its considerable powers. Glorious, indeed.
Girls Guns and Glory hosts a two-night CD-release show tonight and tomorrow at the Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. For details: www.lizardloungeclub.com