Big Block Hitchcock - "The Whiskey E.P."
(Honky Stomp Records 2002, hs3188)
From Aural Innovations #22 (January 2003)
Big Block Hitchcock hail from Wichita, Kansas, home of the great Manilla Road. This 6 track CD is no frills ass kicking heavy rock and roll. The band is dual guitars, drums, bass, vocals and Hammond organ. The opening track, "Oceans Of Whiskey", has a similar groove as you might hear on an Orange Goblin CD but not as aggressive. "Seven Day Heartbreaker" is a solid rocker. "Moonshine Man", starts as a slower foot stomping rock song then rock hard. "Hellcat", nothing in common with the classic Scorpions number, is a heavy wall of sound. This is the first track where you can clearly make out the Hammond organ and it is quite low in the mix. "Ghostrider" starts with a great wah wah guitar and a foot stomping boogie. The CD closes with "Strip Club". Not a bad debut EP by this rock and roll band but nothing special to set them aside from the rest. No songs really stuck in my head, no stand out guitar playing or singing. Something tells me these guys can kick some ass live, so if they come by check them out!
For more information you can visit the Big Block Hitchcock web site at: http://www.bigblockhitchcock.com.
Contact via snail mail c/o Big Block Hitchcock; 146 S. St. Clair; Wichita, KS 67213.
Reviewed by Scott Heller