Chances are if you've been in Memphis for more than two weeks you've laid your eyes on Lamar Sorrento
's wonderful, ubiquitous, and often blues-inspired paintings. Well, now you can hear the local artist laying down some blues-inspired, '60s-style rock with his band The Mod Saints
On Reverse English
(self-released; Grade: B), the band's seven-song debut, Sorrento is joined by local recording-studio maven Doug Easley and one-time Big Star rhythm section John Lightman and Richard Rosebrough for a set of mostly original songs (the traditional blues "John the Revelator" being the only exception).
The nine-minute opener, "Wicked Son," transports you back to the Fillmore, where acid-rock guitar solos and organ grooves stretch on for minutes, the stomping blues-rock rhythms never let up, and, as a later song notes, "Everybody likes to shake their ass/Everybody likes to toke some grass."
After that the songs get slightly shorter and the styles vary even more slightly. "Adios to Loving You" has vague echoes of CCR, while "Run Like the Devil" adds a bit of boogie-woogie.
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