Written by Chance Hoener
Let’s talk about Diesel Engines & Kerosene Visions, the latest album from Austin’s own Country Rock/Alt-Country band, Union Specific, which is made up by Tyler Wallace (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Gregg Maher (Lead Guitar) and Kim Taruc (Bass Guitar). First of all, it’s badass. It’s one of the most country albums I have heard in a good while. It may lean a little on the “Alt” side, but it’s a rockin’, twangy, road trip of an album that would make Luke Bryan’s perfectly manicured nose hairs curl.
The band really displays the diversity of their influences and talents on this album. From slow ballads like “Violet Vengeance (Part 1)” and “The Prettiest Girl on the Front," which are completely different in their own right, to the eerie tune, “Spicewood," flaunting scratchy minor chords and gravelly vocals, the album twists and turns enough to have you experience all emotions before it’s done.
The album opens with a classic Alt-Country jam, "Anchorage Bay," which sounds like the guys should be playing it in a run down, dive bar while dodging beer bottles and cans being thrown by bikers who keep yelling “Free Bird," and old cowboys who just want to hear some David Allan Coe. It’s powered by an edgy acoustic guitar playing a typical country backbeat rhythm and really sets the tone for the album. Later the guys toss in Waylon-esque lead guitar runs, keys, and pedal steel.Read More