Terry & Louie - ...A Thousand Guitars - New LP
The debut LP from Terry Six & King Louie Bankston!!
“I’ve gone through all ten tracks numerous times, and I can’t find a clunker in the bunch. Start to finish, this is an album that shows you what great songwriting is all about. ”
— LORD RUTLEDGE, "FASTER LOUDER"
“This album has been worth the wait...riffs, catchy hooks, and a sneer...purified Rock & Roll straight out of the tap. No filter and no gimmicks here. ”
— NICHOLAS PANAGAKOS, "I HEART NOISE"
"Formed from the ashes of one the most tragic and beloved Punk bands in recent memory, The Exploding Hearts, they are “Terry & Louie” AKA Terry Six and King Louie Bankston. And they are back! And with a brand new fulllength album entitled “… A Thousand Guitars.
"Terry & Louie are THE premier songwriting partnership duo. Much like Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds (Rockpile), Chin and Chapman, and Boyce and Hart before them. They combine the heart and soul from their predecessors with catchy upbeat blasts “It’s All Mine” and the title track, “…A Thousand Guitars” also solid jukebox powerhouse hits like “Pink Razor Blade” and “Rebel Ways” and bring it into the now with grit and rawness blitzing to the forefront. Picking right back up where they left off from their days with The Exploding Hearts, “…A Thousand Guitars” has those huge, sonic signature guitar sounds and soulful vocal performances, includes tried and true bone crushers like, “(I’m) Looking For A Heart” – Record Turnover. “…A Thousand Guitars” is clearly a heavy contender for any record collection."
"I've had high hopes for this release since one particular member of this celebrated duo contacted me 20 months ago to warn me that "this album is gonna have your ears melted down the sides of your face". Let me tell you: he wasn't wrong! Terry & Louie spent a number of years writing this material and getting the recordings just the way they wanted them. I must say that was time well invested.
"A lot of people will assume that a joint project involving Terry Six and Louie Bankston (of the late and beloved Exploding Hearts) would have to be the ultimate power pop experience. But while there are some great power pop songs on ...A Thousand Guitars, I think trying to cram this album into one particular genre pigeonhole does it a great disservice. This is a record that touches on nearly every significant style of rock n' roll from the last 60 years. It incorporates everything from punk to power pop to glam rock to '60s pop to pub rock to new wave to '70s arena rock. Many of these songs are reminiscent of both artists' previous bands, but ultimately what defines Terry & Louie is the way their individual talents come together to form a unique songwriting partnership. These are two tremendously talented dudes, and the musical chemistry they possess as a duo is undeniable. As the one-sheet for this album eloquently puts it, their story stems from loss and heartbreak. Fortunately for all of us, that story continues on.
"You may recognize that the album title ...A Thousand Guitars is a Nick Lowe reference. It's also a perfect descriptor for this release - which delivers riffs, licks, and solos to the highest degree. Supported by drummer Aaron Hill (Missing Monuments), bassist Chad Savage (Battleme, The Savage Family Band), and mix-master to the stars Pat Kearns, Terry & Louie have turned out ten stellar tracks representing the finest in hook-laden rock n' roll. The duo comes out shooting fire on opener "Rebel Ways" - a glammy rocker worthy of anthem status. And while tracks such as "Broken Forever" and the immensely danceble "It's All Mine" tow the expected power pop line, I love that this record is full of surprises (which I suppose I'm about to ruin!). "Pink Razor Blade" brings together melodramatic vocals, doo-wop harmonies, bubblegum handclaps, a thunderous rock chorus, and a guitar break worthy of Thin Lizzy. "Cheated By Love", which successfully alternates between reggae and radio pop, sounds like something Joe Jackson might have written 40 years ago. Within seconds of my first listen to "(I've Got The) Highway To Take", I thought Malcolm Young had come back from the dead. The title track's marriage of riff rock boogie and ringing melodies brings to mind the immortal Big Star. I've gone through all ten tracks numerous times, and I can't find a clunker in the bunch. Start to finish, this is an album that shows you what great songwriting is all about.
"Years ago, long before Terry & Louie formed as a duo, I secretly hoped that they would make music together again someday. Those first two singles did not disappoint. But they were merely a prelude to ...A Thousand Guitars. The fellas knocked it out of the park with this one!" - Lord Rutledge