The Redneck Manifesto – Friendship (Album Review)


Instrumental fans prepare for lift off, The Redneck Manifesto have returned with an album so funked up you’ll be drooling over it for many weeks and months to come. After being announced in late 2008, the band has finally released their first LP since 2004’s I Am Brazil and it’s been more than worth the wait.

Opening with the ambient Black Apple, the album boasts the bands trademark quirky guitars, well built melodies and an overall flow any band would kill for. You’d happily sit back, click this on and never guess it was divided into ten separate tracks. There’s an array of different styles to give each song its own unique hook and appeal. Tracks like Smile More and Click display some heavier techno styles, Little Noise, Drum Drum and Weird Waters delve into the grand old world of funk. The bass lines on Little Noise and Weird Waters are especially tasty and show Richie Egan hasn’t been ignoring his original calling.

Shorter tracks like Tomb of The Dude, Hex , the odd, almost confusingly relaxing Cloud Break and the stand out Rubber Up (Not just a title) finish things off and leave you with a sense that paying money for this album is one of the best things you’ll do this year.

Catch the Rednecks when they play Dublin’s Tripod tomorrow night. Tickets on sale now priced €16.00 and available from ticketmaster.ie

To hear the album for yourself, visit the Irish Times, where it’s currnelty being streamed.

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