Reigning from Evansville, IN Gentlemen and Scholars come out swinging with their album entitled Thick As Mud. With the first song, “Heater” starting to play, you learn that these guys mean business and want to jam out whether you listen or not. The best thing I can say is that it’s classic rock at its truest form.
Jeremiah Galey provides gritty, yet smooth vocals that belt out every lyric with a great rock n roll fashion. With the other members of the band providing the strong foundation for the songs, the lyrics seem to mesh well with what’s being done. More often than not, you expect this style of rock to not have much sustaining power in today’s music scene. But hey, we’re rockers, right? So let’s rock and leave the other music at home. This band belongs in anyone’s music collection/playlist and should stay there.
I found the mixing of this album to have that raw, live feel, as if the band were playing it all in one take and just feeding off one another. And being a musician, that’s just the kind of thing I dig, so points to Gentlemen and Scholars on capturing that feeling.
“Lay Down and Die” definitely pushes out a great blues-rock sound that anyone at a live show would no doubt take notice of, and root them on.
“We’re really just a group of friends who happen to play music together, “explains Patrick Brady, who plays guitar and keyboards in Gentlemen and Scholars. “We’re all just normal, everyday people with families and jobs, but this has always been our first priority,” says Brady.
That statement, quoted from their profile, nicely sums up how these guys approach their music and maybe, life in general. Gentlemen and Scholars, Thick As Mud. Get it, play it, turn it up, and appreciate it for what it is. Great tunes by a group of friends who just want to jam and rock our eardrums into submission with high energy and a taste of that chill, take it easy, vibe.
Personal Favorite Tracks: Diego, Lay Down and Die, Groove Belly, Keep on Girl.