Matt McGibany formed the Alton, Illinois group in 2011 to play the songs that he had written in his 20 years as a musician and teacher. McGibany picked local musicians to support his vision of textured music with engaging lyrics and the resulting sound is a bit like Wilco but some of the guitar work is reminiscent of the Stones in their quieter moments.
In addition to the guitar and vocals of McGibany, Phillip Waits plays guitar, harmonica, steel guitar and also sings. The session sound is nicely rounded out by keyboard player Joseph Randall who adds both piano and organ. The rhythm is held down by Jerrod Gordon, formerly of Alone and Dying, on bass and Dave Clark on drums.
"On My Own" begins slowly with an opening that sounds like a country song getting ready to break out but, after just a few bars, the sound changes to riffs and slide guitar. The vocals in this song particularly remind me of the band's Wilco influences.
"Bleed to Heal" sounds the most like an old Rolling Stone song and it has the title to go along with it. After engaging slide guitar riffs that pull you in to the sound the song shifts to a more acoustic lay for the vocal but the slide is never far away from playing counterpoint to the melody.
"Insecure" opens with a very catchy harmonica riff but then shifts to a bass and piano rhythm drive to underscore McGibany's lyric and the effect is easy and very listenable. The funky breaks that frame the guitar solos also show some Allman Brothers influence.