Straight Out To The Future
Houston four-piece Governor’s Chair melds influences from the radio-friendly rock canon on its new album–hints of The Doors (“Black Highway”), Hootie & The Blowfish (“Joy”), and Rolling Stones (“I’m In Love With Rock and Roll”) run throughout–which makes for a competent, straight-forward addition to the local musical landscape. The album is full of barroom rockers (ZZ Top should cover “Texas Strut”), and it’s evident that the band–bassist/vocalist Charlie Earthman, drummer Joe Earthman, and guitarists Charlie Chavira and James Noles–are solid musicians. Noles and Chavira play as good as nearly anyone on classic rock radio and Earthman’s vocals have a familiar, hearty inflection that helps keep the songs from getting bogged down lyrically. None of the songs on Straight Out To The Future is groundbreaking, however it’s easy to imagine the band’s live sets making for an enjoyable afternoon at your local ice house.
Governor’s Chair plays its CD release party at Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar this Friday (10.1.10) at 10pm.