Release Date: Mar 11, 2008
Record label: Caroline
Vancouver's Pride Tiger are a no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes hard rock band. Listening to their debut album, The Lucky Ones, it's easy to imagine the foursome opening for Montrose in a smoky hockey arena somewhere in the hinterlands of the U.S., or maybe playing third on the bill of a festival and blowing the headliner off the stage with a gust of balls-out rockitude. It's definitely not hard to imagine them wedged into a mid-'70s AOR playlist somewhere in between Thin Lizzy and Nazareth and sounding perfect.
Thin Lizzy gets voguishly name-checked now, but it took 3 Inches of Blood to pool the right ingredients with genuine gusto. The Vancouver metal band's drummer and two guitarists spin off on Pride Tiger debut The Lucky Ones, opener "Let 'Em Go" firing basic blues boogie through duel-guitar aggression that could just as easily be early Foo Fighters. "What It Is" then turns the corner when Bob Froese and Sunny Dhak's axe grind begins harmonizing counterpoint to stickman/singer Matt Wood's everyman dollar-holler.