The Texas Flood - Over Worked & Under Paid

The Texas Flood - Over Worked & Under Paid

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(CD, Off Yer Rocka Recordings, 2017)

With all the incoming releases from Off Yer Rocka Recordings lately, it really feels like a boost for the summer - BONAFIDE and TEQUILA MOCKINGBYRD in particular and now also THE TEXAS FLOOD. So yes, we're talking about high octane Rock, even if this is yet one step softer than the both aforementioned bands. But the Southern Rock style of the songs goes down well. Also, bands from the UK Hair Metal scene of the late '80s or early '90s, such as THE BLACK CROWES or THE QUIREBOYS, come to mind. It's particularly prominent in “Gambling Man” which was the first song that got me hooked into THE TEXAS FLOOD's second full length album, “Over Worked & Under Paid”.

Both that song and the one following, “Forget About You”, have those grand almost soul inspired chorus-lines rather prominent for THE BLACK CROWS at least. The beat and the groove in both of these songs are great and they are very catchy. It’s very easy to picture a sunny field, something good to drink and THE TEXAS FLOOD on stage and life is just easy.

The faster and Blues-y “I’m So Over” also works very well for me. Even if it's the same crunchy distortion here, the rhythm and groove make it Heavy and I like that. In general, THE TEXAS FLOOD is a bit too Rock oriented for my taste. I normally listen to Hard and Heavy stuff but I must admit that on occasion at least this appeals to me in a great way. I like the dirty distorted guitar-sound; it feels genuine and fits the music perfectly. Also, that most of the songs on “Over Worked & Under Paid” contain very strong and catchy melody lines and other hooks to make it stick. It's very well-played and the old school sound doesn't feel dated. The downside is that it's the same feel from start to end, nothing really stands out - there were a few that got stuck that I've mentioned but the rest passed by rather unnoticed.

But if your favorite genre is '70s Rock / Hard Rock, then THE TEXAS FLOOD is well worth checking out but they're definitely too soft for my taste.





01. Roses
02. Treading Water
03. Gambling Man
04. Forget About You
05. Up In Smoke
06. Shoot Me Down
07. I’m So Over
08. Ain’t No Cowboy
09. Shake That
10. Hero
11. Lucky
12. Reason To Run


Tom "Sawyer" Bradford - Vocals, Guitars
Ben Govier - Bass, Vocals, Keyboards
Tom Williams - Drums, Vocals