The tack behind Bent Outta Shape, the group's debut, was "live, without a net." Clanking beer bottles and shouts for "Free Bird," recorded at the Town Fryer, lend intimacy to the recording.
Vocalist Brent Kirby sounds like Sammy Llanas (BoDeans), but the group is far gutsier for guitarist Bobby Latina's driving riffs. With Bill Crompton on bass and Dave Malensek on drums, they flirt with whip-smart power chords on tracks like "New Orleans," "Hotel Suicide," "Bent Outta Shape," and the sweaty "Such a Crime."
Like their live shows, this outstanding disc is one you shouldn't miss.