THE HEADIE BERRIE


"Morning Toast" (Self-released; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Long Island quintet The Headie Berrie return with a freewheeling full-length follow-up to their recent four-song EP. "Morning Toast" further fleshes out their love of hardened jam rock with an emphasis on guitar heroics and vocal histrionics, playing the riffs like they own them (even if Hendrix and Clapton really do) while implementing the harmonica in key spots with the attitude that the love is still free and the drugs are still pure believed by all.

Referencing everyone from Phish to Blues Traveler to Mother Love Bone ("Musicism"), The Headie Berrie boasts a brother guitar duo whose intriguing interplay never gets stale, bolstering their boisterous brand of modern boogie rock with shards of straw-chewin' country and a dash of revolution rock a la Credence Clearwater Revival to smooth out this topsy-turvy tie-dyed tirade ("Souless Shoe").

Note: According to their MySpace page, the band has re-named themselves THE VINYL PLANE.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/theheadieberrie.


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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