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Album Review: Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders: Red Light Fever

It is always interesting to me to see how a drummer can front a band. Like right here, with Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders, you get to see the drummer for Foo Fighters start a band, reminiscent of his band mate, Dave Grohl, starting the Foo Fighters after he was in Nirvana.

This situation is much different however, here you have Taylor Hawkins creating a band, as the drummer and at the same time being the front man. Yes, he plays drums and sings, it honestly takes a great talent to be able to play the drums and sing. Another thing that I find interesting is hearing the similarities of a new band with that of the person’s other band, in which you can totally hear a similarity to the Foo Fighters. Don’t start thinking it is a complete copy of the Foo Fighters.


After listening to the album you will hear a very riff driven album, with a vocal delivery attempt to sound similar to that of Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. The music tends to have a classic rock vibe similar to the bands these guys probably idolized growing up and it definitely shows in the music. I wouldn’t completely consider this a classic rock album; I would just consider this their interpretation of classic rock, similar to bands like Wolfmother. So, this album would be for fans of Foo Fighters and progressive alternative rock bands.

Ante Beslic

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