There's not much attempted larceny to the rest of Velocity though, instead the band sings about other easy to relate to situations, like being on the road and missing the girl back home during "747" and "(My) Rainy Day Girl" or trying to stay optimistic when things are going wrong like on the Byrds-like jangler "I've Got a Feeling."
The overall tone here is definitely southern but '60s pop influences can be heard throughout the album too, not only with the Roger McGuinn-style guitar riffs on "I've Got a Feeling" but also with a little psychedelia in the sitar-mimicking intro to "Cadillac."
The slightly tongue-in-cheek "Heartache, Whiskey and Beer" is a down tempo cryin' number dressed up with organ fills, slide guitar and an Eagles-like harmony-filled chorus that portrays the band as struggling and surviving on just the things mentioned in the song title; the description may have been autobiographical at one point but with this solid set of honest and memorable tunes, polished to a fine sheen by star producers Stan Lynch (Tom Petty, Don Henley) and Billy Chapin (Backstreet Boys), the Villains are singing a significantly different tune now.
Visit their official site here.
View the video for "(My) Rainy Day Girl" here.
Purchase Velocity at iTunes here.
The Villains - Velocity
Share this article