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Louisville, Kentucky, United States | INDIE | AFM

Louisville, Kentucky, United States | INDIE | AFM
Band Rock Americana




"Red HOT Zen"

Scott Mertz still sports the big hat that makes you dare him to earn center stage, but the new crew around him seems slightly less crazy than Cornbread Mafia. Southside Freddy is offering new additions to his dialect of dry-rub guitar leads (all the goodness of greasier styles but with more flavor), as heard in his earlier work with Bodeco. The debut disc for this oddly named quintet starts with quasi-locked riffing, so we’re all informed that they could go AC/DC at will, but then early tracks chug along in a zone where Skynyrd’s backing Mellencamp. Wait, though, as it almost seems there’s a completely new band once they begin expanding on song-lengths and listeners’ horizons, as in the extended statement of purpose “You Wish” and the guitar showcase “Family Tree.” A rambling elegy makes the most of distaff vocalist Christy O., leading to a West Virginia-goading novelty song, and then an apocalyptic blues in which way-solid drummer Jyn Yates trades her rolling fills for the ol’ hammer-and-tongs. This act could be especially dangerous live. - Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO)


Family Tree
Portland Punks
Locked Down
Hell's Paradise
You Wish
Beckly, WV
Song About A Bracelet
Mitchell Hill Blues
Live Till The Day I Die
Cool Side of The Stove
Little White Churches From Hell
Impressions of Life
Tired of Waiting



Vocalist/Guitarist Scott Mertz, formerly of the Shinerunners and Cornbread Mafia, teams up with long time lead guitar/songwriter, Southside Freddy, also of Bodeco, to show the world the roots-ier side of southern americana rock and roll. The duo are joined by the rhythm section of Tennessee bass guru Charlie Bock and Kentucky's home-grown female drummer Jyn Yates.

Together the group burst onto the music scene with a mindset of music seen as attitude and truth. Your News Vehicles will be recording an album throughout March and plans on touring after that. The group has also teamed up with independent music label, Departure Records which hosts bands such as The Ladybirds and Edgehill Avenue.

This group of senior singers, songwriters and musicians proves that Louisville music is very much so alive and kicking.