From the first notes of the catchy opening track “Dark Night,” to the excellent closing track “Lost In the World” these guys demand your attention. Green River Ordinance’s brand of rock ‘n roll is hard to peg, but it’s music packed with lush melodies and fantastic harmonies in what is probably best described as Alt-Americana. The album is easy on the ears and a diverse collection of rich, comfortable musical offerings you’ll find yourself listening to repeatedly.
I was just recently introduced to this talented quintet out of Fort Worth, Texas, although the band has been on the rock scene for about a decade. They’re currently touring the country in support of their Kickstarter funded album Under Fire. Sure, I’m a little behind the curve, but nonetheless, here’s a review of the album, which is a nice broad introduction to the band that compares nicely to Train and Sister Hazel.
Lead vocalist, Josh Jenkins has a nice distinctive voice, and the band’s excellent harmonies make the vocals a focal point throughout. The line-up also features three guitarists, including Jamey Ice on lead guitar, which allows the band to offer impressive layered sounds throughout the fifteen tracks.
“Heard of Me” is an addictive tune with memorable lyrics and vocals that will stick in your head immediately. The guitars and Denton Hunker’s drums are the perfect accompaniement to what is quite simply a damn good song that should be a mainstay on Adult Alternative radio. “Home” and “Heart of the Young” are two other songs which reek of commercial playability.
“Love Laid Down” is one of my faovrite tracks on the album. The song features guitar and banjo and find Jenkins’ vocals in a different and compellingly interesting range. “New Day” is another fantastic cut. It features great keyboards and powerful drums throughout, giving it a different sound than most of the album. Jenkins’ vocals are again excellent, and the lyrics and harmonies will stick in your memory.
Overall, Under Fire is a strong album, from a band in control of their own sound and it works extremely well. Check it out on iTunes below.
You can catch the band live in Orlando at The Social on Thursday, September 20th. Click here for tickets and information for this show and the rest of their tour.