“We’ll build it right,” Vocalist Drew Thams sings at one point in the middle of the slow-burning ballad, “Iris Song”. When Tham’ sings “we’ll build it right”, he’s referring to a relationship, but you can’t help but get the feeling that he’s talking about his band and a quest for credibility.
As the singer and songwriter for The Liquorsmiths, Thams is the architect behind the band. His songs that fill the Liquorsmith’s latest release This Book Belongs To, takes cues from Americana, Folk-Rock and songwriters from the early ’70s. There’s a passion and a knack for good songwriting found here (check out the laid-back country-tinged shuffle of “Get Well Soon” and the aforementioned “Iris’ Song”), but too often this set sounds like a quest to be taken seriously.
Comparisons have been made between The Liquorsmiths and Alt-Country pioneers Wilco. At times, you can hear Wilco’s influence and occasionally Tham’ does sound a bit like Jeff Tweedy. But even at their most Alt-Country moments, Wilco was always pushing themselves forward and mixing noisier elements with ones of beauty.
That sort of experimentation is nowhere to be found on This Book Belongs To. It mostly keeps to an easy approach, augmented by Tham’ acoustic guitar and soft drums provided by Clayton Payne. The band’s secret weapon is keyboardist Ryan Fischer who gives some depth with his playing on songs like “Devil I Do.”
This Book Belongs To is a fine set and worth a listen, but at certain times you wish the band would push themselves a little further. They’re certainly talented enough.
Check out “Get Well Soon” below: