Anyone who takes up the dirty US blues/rock of the early seventies and calls themselves role models such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Redding or Jefferson Airplane, nowadays runs the risk of being smiled at as an anachronist. But if you do your thing well, then you once again prove the timelessness of this style. Gordon Fights move with their untitled debut somewhere in between. In the first half of the album they offer more or less often heard grooves and melodies with tracks like "As I Please", "Birds & Flowers" or "Dance Quite Well". Of course with successful guitar solos, of course with cleverly set organ playing and remarkable vocals. At least it seems authentic. But in the second half Gordon Fights get going: The harmonica in "Brothers & Sisters" and the instrumental passages in "Parasite" turn on - and are surpassed in "Warrior", when a dry, relaxed groove emerges from a drone and guitar shimmer. You can taste whisky in your throat and feel the sun on your skin.
Top track: Warrior