When The New Wears Off

by The Only Sons

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The aptly titled, “WHEN THE NEW WEARS OFF”, is the final album from Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s The Only Sons. The 10-song offering represents TOS at their leanest - as a three piece with contributions on piano & vocals by fellow Murfreesboro musicians Joey & Kelly Kneiser (Glossary). The album explores an early 70’s rock sound that ranges from the highly influential Big Star to Rod Stewart’s classic first solo efforts.

While the album is steeped in 1970’s production from the use of phasers, 12-string guitars, wurly pianos and the enormous sounding rhythm section of Blake Loftis (drums) & Jonathan Merritt (bass), it is far from a retro rock album. Kent Goolsby (guitar/vocals) maintains a youthful, and at times naive, outlook - from the wannabe lover of “Bully” - “When you got hitched, I got stoned - being your best friend,baby, makes me feel so alone…” - to the reflective lyric “I’ll be young until the day I die…” from the album’s center-piece slowjam “Untie The String”.

There is a ragged openness to the Ron Wood inspired guitar work that rounds out the sound - from the wall-of-feedback opener “Devil’s Circus” to the jangly melody of “None Braver”. The Only Sons have never sounded more like themselves. Sure, “WHEN THE NEW WEARS OFF” is a different TOS album, but if this album isn’t for you, maybe the next will be.

credits

released 24 April 2012

Recorded, mixed & produced by Mikey Allred at Dark Art Audio.
Mastered by John Baldwin

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Track Name: Devil's Circus
So you wanna, wanna run away from home, let’s go
You pack your favorite records and I’ll leave a note
Tell ‘em that our love is more reckless than they know

We could live an old fashion way
Head down to the fairgrounds with a copy of my resume
Tell ‘em that a strong back is hard to find these days

And I would hold my head in the lions mouth
Walk that tight rope and never look down
Because there ain’t no safety net below us
It’s just another day in the devils circus

It would be just the two of us, no fuss
Hand in hand we’d leave this town behind in a cloud of dust
If we stay too long, we might just rust

You would be, you would be the star of the show
Don’t you know?
Folks would drive from miles & miles just to see you in those fancy clothes
You would be the diamond among all the coal