Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Reviewed by Madeleine O’Gorman
You’d be forgiven for feeling a little vulnerable upon listening to the first half of Wolf. Vocally, Cash beautifully depicts the exact emotion she is feeling throughout every song, making it hard to avoid the wave of pain that is present on the majority of tracks. Wailing at the start of Dancing On Graves as she sings of heartache and ‘gonna kill that part of me that loves you, and when it’s gone I’m gonna dance on its grave, dance with tears in my eyes’ before gradually progressing into a jiving banjo-driven musical piece by her band, The Last Drinks. Much like I’m Doing So Well, as her anger rises so does her (somewhat-confronting) bellowing pitch.
For The Goodtimes is a 7.36 minute rambling, reflective gem, made even more raw by it’s musical simplicity and guitar riff repetition throughout. I Seen Your Baby is very similar, yet escalates around the half way mark as it welcomes the rest of the band. Curiously, as the record progresses, you really start to understand and ‘get’ exactly where Cash is leading you. Feelings of apprehension at such real intense emotion dissolve and turn into admiration for her sheer, gutsy melodies. The live recording of Honkytonk is a bloody exciting teaser, enough to cause a frisson of thrill at the thought of standing in that crowd.
Perhaps saving the best to last, Another Glass Of Wine is a standout. Ethereal female backing vocals ‘ooooo’ in just the right places as the acoustic strums along, gracefully carrying Cash’s vocals. All in all, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks are one of the few bands to ooze a very unique type of raw, deep-seated emotion through every song, a timeless quality which will no doubt mean longevity in the Australian country and blues scene.