Barnaby Monk 5:30 a.m., Feb. 10
Hometown CD Review 9-22-05
"We're a country band in the way the Stones are a country band on 'Wild Horses' or 'Sweet Virginia.' We're not like that guy with the big hat that does the Ford truck commercials. For one thing, he's rich and we're not."
Quick with the wit, Peter Bolland touts his latest project, the Coyote Problem, as a "hardcore alt-country Americana roots rock band." With acoustic nods to Gram Parsons, Tom Petty, and Neil Young, the trio joins elements of roots-rock Americana with alternative country. Rolling rhythms and perky guitars make "Pull Me Through" and "My Way" the most memorable tracks on the album. The urgency in the acoustic riffs make the more melancholy cuts (such as "Any Port in a Storm") sting a little more. Navigating smoothly through each folk melody, Bolland and friends create a layered sound with each string instrument.
There is a good balance between the somber and the sentimental. Bolland incorporates local flavor into his songwriting. In "4:20 Somewhere," he sings, "I take I-8 to Sunset and I turn right on Voltaire/ And I'm going to my friend Billy's/ And I know he's always there/ Got himself a big screen and that thousand mile stare/ 'cause it's always 4:20 somewhere."