Vintage Trouble is like a classic rock band that hasn’t even been around long enough to be canonized—channeling songs and styles of bygone eras, while only existing for a few years themselves. They’ve opened for mega rock stars spanning the alphabet, from AC/DC and Bon Jovi to The Who in just four years. Plus, they (and their music) starred in a Honda Civic commercial in early 2014.
AC/DC like Vintage Trouble so much that they invited them on their current world tour. The Los Angeles quartet have also supported the Who, and it’s easy to hear the attraction to any passing veteran rockers. Playing what they describe as “live-wired, straight-shootin’, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke music”, the group storm through old school, Led Zeppelin-style rock fronted by Ty Taylor – a vintage-suited, latterday Otis Redding/James Brown-type soul man.
Alright, y’all. Let’s just cut to the chase: some folks don’t like change. They’re the sort that stockpile Eric Clapton tapes, ride around with ZZ Top and Led Zeppelin from a corporate rock radio station in their car every day, and express kneejerk disgust whenever they hear anything without a guitar. (Welcome to my childhood.) For those types of folks, this here Vintage Trouble record is for them.
The Los Angeles soul-rock masters deliver smoothly on their second album. Amy Winehouse nailed it with Back To Black. Joss Stone warbled through the 00s in its name. Lately, names like George Ezra and Sam Smith have been lobbed against it. Soul has been reimagined by a raft of 21st-century faces..