We were pleasantly surprised recently by this short review of the band on the Knox Music Warehouse blog. Click on the link to read the review or read the text below. Thanks to Knox Urban Guy (Inside of Knoxville) for the photos!
The Lonetones gathered over a decade ago around the campfire of Southern Appalachian musical traditions. They still love southern mountain roots music and invoke its styles, sounds, and echoes—here and there across their four albums. Yet, they also channel many, many, of the other American roots music traditions while layering it all with 80s and 90s alternative pop/rock. For example, while you’ll still hear a mandolin in their tunes, the player strums open chords more often than picks lines. The result is that infectious jingle-jangle pop tone. On their fourth album, Modern Victims (I bet you Radio Head wishes they had thought of that title) I hear the influences of early REM and the Go-Betweens’ 16 Lovers Lane, and other great indie and alt pop/rock bands. To get a firsthand feel for their influences, spirit, and soulful musicianship go to any streaming music service and listen to clips of Canaries, Salty Song, and Trickle Down all three from their Canaries album.
Ultimately, the Lonetones are so wonderfully eclectic that they transcend definition and descriptions are only approximations. So it is best to come out and hear them.
So Thursday at six—really an afternoon gig if you think about it—you can check out these Knoxville artists collaborate and make very rare music that belongs here and everywhere—hence their originality—hence their name. —Zeno Songbird