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Old time music becomes new with a western edge – in something that might be labeled ‘saloon rock.’  While no particular genre may presently fit, The Chorderoys, a South Carolina band now relocated to Austin, has a sound that is low country, folksy, and bluesy.  They’re somewhat akin to Band of Horses, but genuinely have a sound all their own.  The Chorderoys are comprised of brothers Greg and Jon Denn and Andrew Simmons.  Their September release, ‘No Man’s Land’ is a four track EP recorded at the renowned Arlyn Studios.

The collection takes off with “The Train,” a quick paced musical chase reminiscent of those Western scenes in which a cowboy rides a sprinting horse in order to jump a train.  Such a scene might represent the competition between long-standing tradition and current technology.  According to the biography, this song indeed “tells of the need to leave fear and doubt behind and dust off your boots for a new day.”

“Docile Girl” allows you to rest a spell with its mellow low country sounds mourning, “Oh my dear, the shadow’s here, but not enough for you.”  Waiting for the real thing to show is only wearing the girl down.  Ultimately, The Chorderoys use this ballad to once again embrace change, with the advice, “If love won’t not come, then go.”

The Chorderoys establish a solid groove in the Southern rock of “High Horse.”  This rollicking upbeat tune requests an end to criticism and a move toward collaboration.

The rock continues, this time with some blues in a confessional song.  The vocals lack the aching gritty quality that defines most blues, but The Chorderoys manage a genuine presentation of the statement, “I’m no prayin’ man, but I’ve done wrong.”

‘No Man’s Land’ is as adventurous as the great western frontier of a couple centuries ago.  Vast prairies, formidable deserts, and daunting mountains line the landscape.  Rather than despair, The Chorderoys are driven by their eagerness for change, while also recognizing the mixture of lonesomeness and anxiety involved.  They push on, assuring that all is worthwhile.

Rating: 4.5/5