Having relocated to Halifax a few years ago, former Lethbridge guitar player Taylor Ackerman (Treeline, Shaela Miller) has kept himself busy working up a set of energetic tunes.
The resulting EP, Ruin Lust, has a bit of a late ‘60s, early ‘70s sound, with boogie rock elements coming up head-to-head with Detroit fuzz.
The opener, “Sideman,” kicks off a bit like a Creedence tape, before Ackerman starts laying down the boogie, at which point his tone and feel get a little closer to Winnipeg’s The Perpetrators – in essence it’s like a stream of consciousness J.J. Cale groove with muscular guitars. There’s an outdoor vibe up next on “Bangladeshi T-Shirt,” the kind of dust kicker that’s dialed to the shiny, happy vibe of the summer fests. It features Ackerman laying some greasy Billy F. Gibbons electric bottleneck riffs over the acoustic jam. “Half A Man” is a standout, a Motor City monster with a hypnotic pogoing riff and a massive wall of fuzz guitar feeding back and forth. Ackerman’s voice on “Half A Man” cuts through a little more; he shows off a bit of a baritone similar to Jim Morrison, or “Lust For Life”-era Iggy Pop.
~ from a review by Mike Dunn for Beatroute