As Long as This Thing’s Flyin’

The initial outing by Idaho-to-Austin transplant Andrew Anderson combines a sense of austerity with a hard-bitten, road-weary resolve. He and colleagues Luke Meade and Jeremy Harris rummage through a veritable acoustic instrumental arsenal on As Long as This Thing’s Flyin’, providing their ramshackle narratives with a distinctive back-porch flavor. Anderson wails defiance on the homespun “Send the Bastard Running,” the anti-war broadside “Necessary Casualties” and the countrified “Hell on Earth,” while lamenting his fortunes on the plaintive “Damn It Man,” the beautiful title track and the bitter break-up ballad “Fists Up, Chin Down.” If Anderson’s edgy delivery seems to overwhelm the more tender emotions here, it also helps him make a powerful first impression.

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