Oh, Hammerlock. I used to listen to a lot of this stuff in the late ‘90s and early into this decade. This band and songs seem to hold up a lot better than I might have expected and better than a lot of their contemporaries. This disc has my favorite tune ever by Hammerlock, “Cold Coors.” A great bar rocker with an awesome mid-tempo sound and a big catchy chorus. I wish they would write more like that. That is where they are at their best; mid tempo and rockin’. Pretty much dug all of these tunes though after not hearing them for a good five years or so. This is a collection of their out of print first two albums on Man’s Ruin so there is a total of 29 songs on here. A pretty good deal for your buck. Real cool Steve Earle and Merle Haggard covers to boot.
–frame (Steel Cage)