Well that's a hard one. How to write a review about a record you#ve been knowing for two years by a band that doesn't exist no more at least by name? But as we are said to grow with our challenges I'll give it a try.
Christiansen (who now call themselves Your Highness Electric) are/were a Kentucky based rockband with I'd say a 70s edge and a lot of groove. Drummer and bass player create a solid but constantly wavering ground for two guitars that oscillate between heavily rocking double rythm guitar parts and rather playful parts where one or even both guitars turn to leads. I think if the vocals weren't the way they are but it was some kind of Phil Anselmo at the mic, this record could very well sound like some musically advanced version of bands like Down or Clutch but the At The Drive-In-like vocals that are so clear and exclaiming give this record an absolute non-redneck feeling. You could maybe name it a mixture of westcoast/New York 60s/70s revival and a fundament of dirty southern rock.
This is a record you can play in your favorite trucker saloon as well as in your local student hip as fuck cocktail bar past midnight. More grounded than The Mars Volta but always one foot in the past and a really excellent sound production. I'm really interested in what they do now after changing their name but to everyone who doesn't even know their 'old' stuff: forget that this shit came out two years ago, it fits just as well into today's hypes and fads maybe even better. Maybe it is just timeless... [jan]