Pine and Battery – Pine & Battery 2

Pine and Battery – Pine & Battery 2

There’s a peculiarity to a band like Pine and Battery that seems to precede their music. Their name comes from those root words’ definitions: to yearn for the former, and the making of electricity for the latter. And if you go to their site, they will even offer up recipes (their favorite being the club sandwich), but scroll to the bottom and receive instructions on how to remove the hairs from a moose nose to eat. Ah, “Pull out all the hairs – these will have been loosened by the boiling and should come out easily (like plucking a duck)” you say? Sounds easy enough.

However, if anything, their music is vitally packed with a thunderous amount of rocking instruments. So while they’re a unique band on paper, their music is the kind that you jam out to and sing along to – nothing revelatory here. Their second album, Pine & Battery 2 is a strong collection of music that seems embedded to 70s classic rock as much as it is to the alternative rock that circled the world in the 90s. And although it may be a tad more edgier than their erstwhile effort, it’s lead singer Jeff Campbell’s voice that continues to impress with a raw tenacity.

Through these eight songs, you find varying amounts of thrills. There’s the fact that it’s soaked in guitar-heavy riffs that even after so much, you still feel a certain amount of longing. Music like this can get tired very quickly if you aren’t careful and while Pine and Battery tip-toe the line – a fine line at that – they only falter a few times. There’s still growth to be done and maturation to be had, it’s not as if these are the most accomplished or even highly regarded musicians either. A song like “Latest & Greatest” comfortably takes all of their strengths and surrounds them with a brief solo here, a building into the coda there and angular hooks that are always poised for unleashing a deathly blow.

Being musicians that celebrate San Francisco’s mellow way of life, the sunny demeanor and supportive environment result in a sound that is both polished and secured. An effort that was surely made under humble situations, the production is pristinely delivered through a band that is gelling underneath it. Such is the case with “I Know UR,” a song that finds Campbell singing lyrics about love lost while his counterparts bubble with energy around him. Even if the songs blend into each other simply because of their similar sounds, they each provide an outlook that is wealthily robust.

The electricity side must mean the power and propulsion that results after such thirst and it’s on full display on Pine & Battery 2. They have lofty goals in mind but are well aware of where they are at now, stating that if you want their CD, “Come up to any of us at shows and name your price.” Such refreshing attitudes come to life on their album and for the moment, it’s a solid starting point.