Pride Tiger has the answer on “The Lucky Ones” (Caroline): ditch the irony, write awesome riffs and crank the volume, just like Thin Lizzy did. That sums up the Canadian band’s full-length debut. It’s an earnest homage to lean guitar rock with bluesy underpinnings.
The blues influence is most obvious in the raucous slide guitar of “A New Jones” and the searing harmonica break on the hard-driving and leathery “The White Witch Woman Blues.”
The best songs on the album, though, are the quintessential summertime get-psyched rockers. “Fill Me In” breezes along like the wind through the T-top of your ’72 Camaro on a straightaway, with dual-guitar harmony fills and a big melodic chorus. The title track builds from a jazzy intro into a full-on rock anthem that’s just begging for inclusion in the backyard party scene of the next Hollywood coming-of-age comedy.
It’s not deep and it breaks no musical ground, but that was never the point. “The Lucky Ones” is music for good times, and Pride Tiger might just be having the best time of all.