Preview Hierarchy Of Crows by Moot Davis.
Hierarchy Of Crows by Moot Davis
Moot Davis releases his 5th album Hierarchy Of Crows. It is a hard rocking outing that sits within Americana due to its rockabilly rhythm and not least some Country songs. The album was cut in Hollywood, CA with Davis handling the production responsibilities himself.
“Here Comes The Destroyer” declares Davis’ intention to immediately grab your attention. This hard rock billet doux starts the album with racing drums, that sound like a suitcase is being beaten to death, and distorted vocals. Interesting!
“Hierarchy of Crows” is an unusual story or fable - a slow burner with a heartfelt vocal that progresses into a hard rocker as it builds with Stormy Rhodes doing some wonderful things on lead guitar. Rhodes’ c.v. includes Keith Urban, The Allman Bros, Dierks Bentley and the Mavericks: you’d guess that he has no shortage of things to do with his time but clearly the stature of Davis is worth his time to sit in.
“Nighttime In Big Whiskey” is driving Americana with fluent electric guitar that halfway through morphs into an acoustic ballad before rocking out. “Shot Down In Flames” is pure Southern Rock and Lynyrd Skynrd provides the inspiration. “Rockin Rollin” is more rockabilly with the excellent pedal steel (Gary Morse) sounding like a very long train passing through. Short and to the point, I like it!
As for the Country moments then “You’re Gonna Win (I’m Gonna Cry)” channels his inner Dwight Yoakam: not a bad channel to point your remote at. We get that rockabilly pace, electric guitar edge and pleading ‘done me wrong ‘ vocals that are Yoakam’s hallmark. “Never Cross My Mind” continues the sound but without the pedal steel and organ.
So the album genre hops, with ease, ands is an engaging adventure. Davis for all the talent he shows on this album appears to be well under the radar. I gave that some thought and the reality is what is his bag? What sound has he developed and what is Davis’ oeuvre? I think until he sticks his flag in one place then he won’t get the traction he clearly deserves.