it seems funny that everyone mentions the heavy use of country twang on this album...sure it's there, but no more than thousands of other rock n roll albums that nobody took the time to mention the country twang...the fact is hillbilly twang was part of rock n roll from the beginning...clearly part of Elvis and Chuck Berry and everyone else (and clearly rural and hillbilly was also part of grunge decades later)..in fact, naming music rock n roll was always just a lame attempt to claim white people had invented something when really they were just putting playing rhythm & blues...and if rock n roll was something else, the only thing one could say is that it was a mix of rhythm & blues and hillbilly (but if someone thinks of country as a invention of strictly white people, they are completely ignorant of reality)...anyway, don't let all the mention of twang pull you in or push you away...this is a rock n roll album. And a pretty damn good one. Michigan rocks! -- winch
Rodeo Boys is a queer rock ‘n roll band from Lansing, Michigan. Our rural roots combine twang and grunge in true lonesome and ornery fashion.
Lead single “Sugar” sits somewhere between Bully and SPICE, a gritty slice of feedback-drenched rock ‘n’ roll that immediately makes it clear where Rodeo Boys’ passions lie–in loud, crunchy, catchy alt rock. “Dog Leg” plays out like a supersized take on classic rock, all roaring solos and guttural hooks, and epic closer “Tomboy Radio” is a proggy masterclass in dynamics. Home Movies hardly lets up all through its 40 minutes, the space folk of “Hail Mary” allowing a couple minutes to breathe, but it all seems to zip by. Vocalist Tiff Hannay says Rodeo Boys’ goal as a queer blue-collar band is “to give a voice to young queer people in small towns,” and what a powerful voice it is.