Hymn for Her
Drive Til U Die
RELEASE NR.: RBR-5885
LABEL: Rhythm Bomb Records
GENRE: Americana, Country
FORMAT: CD deluxe ecopac
For Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing of Hymn for Her, 'Drive Til U Die' is more than an album title. It's a manifesto. A mantra. But to call this Americana duo road warriors would be a misnomer; to them, the road isn't a battleground to conquer, it's their beloved home. A nomadic tribe with their young daughter, they dwell in a '61-vintage Bambi Airstream towed by a Ford van whose odometer shows nearly half a million miles - a trip to the moon. And back. Sleeping to the rhythm of spinning wheels, they thrive on spontaneity, friends and the moments that make it worthwhile: when they stand onstage and unleash their dynamic yin-yang of high-octane outlaw rockers and honey-sweet, harmony-laden ballads. Lucy and Wayne, who share a fondness for rustic life, have been described as hillbillies with electronics, while their sound has drawn such amusing phrasery as a riotous, rocking roadkill stew, juiced-up backwoods country blues [injected] with a dose of desert-rock psychedelia and Hells Angels meet the Amish. Their Facebook page genre definition reads, punksy folksy airstreamy country bluesy grassy waynesy lucy take you on a hayride to hellsy. Yeah, that'll work. They spell it all out in the first track, 'Devil's Train,' the raucous rocker from which this release draws its title: We're takin this ride til the well runs dry, half a million miles gonna drive til we die. The groovin twanger 'Hi Ho Silver,' another ode to the road, began as notes about hitching and unhitching the Airstream, a rather complex process. When we were done, it sounded like a song; one with a galloping finish that'll make Lone Ranger fans wave their hats. They bring it on home with album-ender 'The Road Song,' a rollicking rocky-tonker in which they shout, "Ain't nothin like this here life, got nothin to hold me down. Disappear into the night, feel them wheels hit the ground, keep rollin round!"
"Created using broom handle cigar box banjo, dobro, bass drum, hi-hat and harmonica, the music of Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream by US duo Hymn For Her, proves categorically that you don’t need a megabuck budget to create some high-end kick-ass boogie. Recorded in the classic sixteen-foot 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer (caravan) that they call home, it’s an impossible-to-categorise and unforgettable sonic wall of banjo-thrash-country-rock-acid-blues of the sort that you could imagine Jack White having on his iPod”.
– UK’s R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) magazine
Rarely do you find a record that kicks so much ass in so many ways. Hymn for Her is Lucy Tight & Wayne Waxing raising hell in their 1961 Airstream trailer, and you won’t believe how much passionate noise two people and a cigar box slide guitar can make. The opener, “Slips,” leads off with a nice Lester Flatt lick, roars into Jason and the Scorchers land with a howling Led Zeppelin harmonica topping, and it’s nothing but whup ass the rest of the way. Recorded entirely in said Bambi Airstream, the range of this record is astounding. “Not” sounds like a lost Mazzy Star/Portishead moment, the soft croon of Lucy Tight floating on a bed of guitar and vibes. Classy. Then it’s “Montana” that has a heavy White Stripes mojo, again with the crazed slide guitar and some sleazy wah wah action that makes you think Cream had reformed again. By the time you get to their potent cover of Morphine’s “Thursday,” you believe there’s not anything Hymn for Her can’t do. Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream is simply a brilliant record, full of energy, wit, and irreverent pokes in the eye to conventional genres and styles. It don’t get much better than this.
-Ink 19 (FL)/James Mann (url: http://www.ink19.com/issues/march2011/musicReviews/musicH/hymnForHer.html)
“Fuzzed out folkie Americana straight outta the Airstream!!”
–Jim Diamond-engineer/producer (White Stripes)
The level of enthusiasm over Hymn for Her’s particular approach to that whatever-it-is kind of music they do was akin to some of the punk rock shows I went to in college…They play as hard as is humanly possible.
– No Depression/Kim Ruehl
“Awesome!!! The sound is so spot on old country shot out of a cannon… yehaaooolyyshiiiiiiiiit music!”
–Dave “Stiff” Johnson- producer (G. Love & Special Sauce)
“These trailer park hippies can sing and play their butts off and don’t give a hoot what the straights think! It’s White Stripes meet Country Joe McDonald, with things just psychedelic enough to keep everyone interested and on their toes. The humor is good. The music even better.”
– Vintage Guitar Magazine/RA
“From otherworldly meditations to fire-breathing rave-ups where banjos are banged like bongos, their live show is riveting and transcendental. H4H conjure a grippingly modern vision of folk that’s completely free of cliché…intensely haunting.”
–Orlando, FL Weekly/Bao Le Huu
“An ear-blisteringly good listen. Energetic, even heavy at times, but wholly organic. I hope to hear more from Lucy and Wayne, and you should too! Whether you call it alt-folk, stomp-grass, or cow-metal, this is one the best D.I.Y. efforts to come along in years!”
-KBAC-FM, Santa Fe, NM/Chris “Toast” Diestler
“‘Lucy & Wayne and THE AMAIRICAN STREAM’ explores a fast-paced landscape of wildly original rock & folk with lots of fun & funky detours. The CD captures a remarkable musical journey, and like all great trips, you’ll want to go back and experience it again as soon as it’s done.”
-Producer of MiND TV/Eric Fiedler