No Sinner is back with the follows up to 2014’s critically acclaimed album,Â Boo Hoo Hoo.
The Vancouver-based retro rock outfit is getting ready to release their sophomore album,Â Old Habits Die Hard. The executive producer is Ben Kaplan who has worked with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Shakira, Gallows, Rise Against, and Atreyu.
The opening track “All Woman” sets the scene for the album, with its huge sounding production, and the phenomenal vocal range of Colleen Rennison. One of the standout tracks on the album is “Leadfoot,” a dirty blues rock number infused with scorching harmonica licks, and a driving bass line. With songs like this and “One More Time,” the band have pitched themselves into the same space currently occupied by the likes of Rival Sons, The Blues Pills, and The Temperance Movement.
The infectious “Tryin'” is loaded with southern charm, and old school swagger before the frantic, good time rock n’ roll number “Saturday Night” comes steaming out the blocks encouraging you to let your hair down or, as Colleen puts it, “going off the deep end on a Saturday night.”
Rennison transports you to a smoky piano bar with the soulful, heartfelt ballad, “Hollow,” and “Lines on the Highway.” Upbeat numbers like the sultry “Get It Up” and the passionate “A Friend of Mine” are full of tales of love and lust. The album is brought to a close with slide blues number, “Mandy Lyn.”
With No Sinners’ latest offering, their sound appears to have matured somewhat since their debut. The band is back with a harder, edgier, classic rock-inspired sound or, according to Rennison puts, “It’s like the difference between your high school grad photo and your first mug shot.â€ Old Habits Die Hard will be released via Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 20 May 2016.
Photo: Brendan Meadows