Fight And Flight

Tequila Mockingbyrd

Review Date: July 2016
Reviewer: Paul Jack
Source: Rock Hard Reviews

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We have been eagerly following the exploits of Tequila Mockingbyrd since we reviewed their T-Byrds Are Go! EP back in early 2015. And now, at last... I smell the release of the long awaited first album by Tequila Mockingbyrd. Entitled Fight And Flight, it's gonna spark the interest of long time Rock Hard Reviews readers all right.

You see, Tequila Mockingbyrd are exactly the sort of rock band we had in mind when we started this venture. They are a proper, full-on, performing-recording-touring-storming rock n roll band. Tequila Mockingbyrd are so very talented, so full of the spirit of rock, that it is an honour to help get the word out.

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They're a 3 piece from down under, and at the time of writing we are looking forward to their first UK appearance at Hard Rock Hell later in 2016. Tequila Mockingbyrd are an upcoming act bound to delight rock fans and attract new followers as they gain exposure over here in the UK. The trio shine with their readily listenable, catchy and memorable tunes. TM feature Estelle Artois on vocals and lead guitar, Jess Reily on bass and backing vocals, and Josie O'Toole on drum and backing vocal duties. When all three get together, they turn out a perfect mix of classy, trashy rock riffs and singalong choruses.

So, let's turn our attention to Fight And Flight. Coming in at a dozen tracks, making up 41 minutes and 21 seconds of T-Byrd magic. All four tracks from their debut EP are included, Money Tree, Everyone Down, Catalyst, and Shut Me Down,. You can find out what we thought of these tracks by reading our T-Byrds Are Go! review. Noteworthy is the fact that that we reviewed the EP back when Rock Hard Reviews gave percentage scores, and we awarded 88%, probably the highest scoring debut EP review we ever did.

So what about the remaining tracks?

I Smell Rock and Roll serves as both the album opener, and an introduction for the uninitiated to the Tequila Mockingbyrd sound. Served with just a hint of Girlschool sound, heavy on the bass, and setting a rebellious tone for the rest of the album to come. Check out the video of them entertaining the troops below.

Next up, Never Go Home. Gotta love a drinking song, right? Never Go Home has a warm and fuzzy vibe, conjuring up memories of merry nights with close and trusted friends. Whoever mixed the guitar into deserves a salute. It's a cheery, sentimental disco-punk blast of fun.

Compare and contrast with Half Of The Man. A mean and gritty, thundering blues number about relationship reviewing. Full of attitude and power riffs, with a stomping bassline.

So Not Me will have you foot tapping or head nodding given half a chance. It's full of that powerful punk attitude we like so much. A melodic, defiant message to those who expect clichéd behaviour in the rock scene.

For a change of pace, check out the delightful intro on This Ain't Dead. It's an eerie, melancholic number about sticking together through the bad times, not giving up on one another through thick and thin. Good ole fashioned heavy, bluesy rock in the style of yesteryear David Coverdale blasting out the emotion in Mistreated, Estelle gives 100% energy and passion to her vocals.

Tequila Mockingbyrd show off their chops by covering a Ramones favourite, Somebody Put Something In My Drink. (Is that an accusation or an instruction?) Such a good song, such a great cover. So good, in fact, that they were handpicked to support Ritche Ramone's 2016 Australian tour. As musicians go, you can tell how good the girls are, just by listening and admiring their efforts on this great cover.

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Tequlia Mockingbyrd... giving it attitude!

Switching over to pop-punk, Why Are We Still Friends is a song begging to be used as a teen movie soundtrack. That feeling of seeing regular photos of your drunken ex ripping it up with a replacement 'you' and having crazy idiotic fun with mates. Check out and admire the vocal harmonies, and the skilful guitar licks.

Jagerbomb is a short and sweet rock n roll blast. Proper old rock n roll, Elvis style. A fun tribute to the girl's drink of choice, and a great song.

And so, even though we are not supposed to give percentage scores for album reviews anymore, I'm giving Tequila Mockingbyrd 100% for effort, talent and musicianship. Their passion for rock is so prevalent throughout their music, and their song writing is amazingly good, in fact unbelievably good for a debut album.

Tequila Mockingbyrd pour copious amounts of raw energy into their music, and it is readily apparent that they have made Fight And Flight as good as it could possibly be. It's the best debut album I have heard in 2016. Can't wait to see what the girls do next.

PS. UK rock fans... Tell all your mates to go check out Tequila Mockingbyrd. If your gonna support one new band this month, then go purchase a copy of Fight And Flight.

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Track List

  • I Smell Rock n Roll
  • Never Go Home
  • Money Tree
  • Catalyst
  • Half of the Man
  • So Not Me
  • Everyone Down
  • This Ain't Dead
  • Somebody Put Something In My Drink
  • Why Are We Still Friends
  • Jagerbomb
  • Shut Me Down