Steamroller Full Throttle (Matchbox)
Reviewed by David Lynch, Fri., Sept. 8, 2000
Full Throttle (Matchbox)Summer. Hot days, breezy nights. Heated hunks and cool ladies. Outdoor parties, and the tunes to go with it: fun, upbeat, and sensual. The type of music made by admitted Rush/Led Zep/Beasties fans Steamroller. So much so in fact, that you can almost smell the suntan lotion as you open the CD case for their well-tagged latest, Full Throttle. After releasing three albums on their own Redwood label, Full Throttle is the Horde-veterans' first release on NYC's Matchbox. From the shiny car-chrome artwork to the strong, fresh (if occasionally naive) sense of humor, Full Throttle's 12 songs all are about sun in your face, a packed dugout, and a style ride -- plus friends with whom to share the wealth. Examples include the Rage Against the Machine-on-Viagra rockfunk of "Flip Side" to the detailed songcrafting of "Hype or Trash," which includes a nice salvo against music critics. The high-energy rock quartet, who moved from Houston to be a part of Austin's music scene 10 years ago, even makes the Bastillesque lyrics ("chop off their heads, leave 'em them for dead") in "Cut It to Shreds" sound fun. With Full Throttle, the furiously fun foursome have the makings of an herb-flavored summer soundtrack on their hands.