Dirty roadhouse rock and roll is back, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re on board or not because the West Water Outlaws are coming through. On May 9th, Marquee Magazine will be presenting West Water Outlaws with Na’an Stop and Branded Bandits at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, and there’s no doubt we will be there to witness a post-finals Wednesday night of glorious, glorious noise.
Blake “Whiskey” Rooker (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Will S. Buck Esq. (lead guitar), Vincent “Funky” Elwood (bass, organ, vocals) and Andrew “Monkey” Oakley (drums and percussion) come together to form the amplified wild bunch – West Water Outlaws. It’s clear how the band traces many of their influences to the greats and future greats of Rock and Roll: the sounds of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Led Zeppelin form the blues and rock backbone, which is then driven into the red with proto-metal Black Sabbath dread and Queens of the Stone Age stoner sludge rock.
The bottom line is that this is some of the most pure rock and roll you can find within the younger scene, which is nothing short of a burst of fresh air in a town completely saturated with DJs. Alongside our close friends SunSquabi and Technicolor Tone Factory, West Water Outlaws are doing big things to bring guitars back into the spotlight. In particular, they’re staying close to the power of analog distortion and high-octane whiskey breath that made rock great in the first place, and if they were time-warped to the 1970’s, they would do better than anyone we know at blending in.
The band’s newest EP “Crooked Angel” says it all; old school blues, that grunge guitar contemporary rock and roll stars seem to forget, and a stellar backing of drums and bass. Our advice, crank that bitch to 11 and rock out!