Long time indie rock vet Tony Saxon announced his signing to Mint 400 Records back in the fall of 2017 and has since wasted no time making his presence felt. The infectious, high energy guitar riffs of “Black Hearted Gypsy Woman,” the album’s first single, teased listeners and left them wanting more. The wish was granted back on January 26 with the release of Old Souls & Long Term Goals, eleven hard-rocking melodies like nothing you’ve heard for a long, long time.
Saxon draws influence from the early, experimental days of rock music and embodies that spirit so effectively throughout this album, which was tracked live in it’s entirety. In today’s digital age, it’s pretty uncommon for a piece to be so raw and untouched which truly adds so much to the authentic feel Saxon creates and is just one example of the risks taken and rules broken throughout Old Souls & Long Term Goals.A true accomplishment, despite being so heavily rooted in a specific time period and style, the album never feels like a retread. And yes, you may have heard this all before, I hope you have, since the first half of the album (Old Souls) are tributes. But to the contrary, with the current abundance and over-saturation of pop-punk, shoegaze, math rock, and electro-noise bullshit, in a way being so dated that 60’s psychedelic blues rock makes Old Souls & Long Term Goals one of the freshest albums to be released on the indie scene for some time.
As for the Long Term Goals portion of the album, the original tracks 6 through 11, allows Saxon to further expand on the experimentation of the classics and offer his own responses. Perhaps you may have noticed the album includes two tracks about fortune tellers. I thought nothing of it, personally. My mother goes to a psychic somewhat often because she’s a middle aged white woman and a psychic is cheaper than therapy. But I digress. “Pissed off a Fortune Teller” is Saxon’s own response to the classic, in which after falling in love with the Fortune Teller, he returns looking for “the only cure for this hex.” In a self-referential way, Saxon both pays tribute to the past while also picking up and carrying the torch forward, building on the foundation created by Allen Toussaint, Smiley Lewis, Johnny Kid & The Pirates, and the Flamin’ Groovies, the original songwriters of “Fortune Teller,” “One Night,” “Shakin’ All Over,” and “Slow Death.”
So if you’re looking for something both fresh and familiar, Tony Saxon’s Old Souls & Long Term Goals is an album you must check out. Also, if you’re feeling bold, Saxon’s live performance’s are a must see, a logical conclusion from listening to this album, with all the energy, heart, and soul for you to experience there in person.
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