I guess it is only fair that after a couple of reviews of songs and videos who have been, let’s say, less than supportive of the controversial US Commander-in-Chief, I should include one from an artist who is totally in his corner. And why not, this is a music review site, all political conclusions, debates and arguments can be had elsewhere and on your own time. Balance, thats what that is.
Even before we get into the intricacies of the song, One Man Rock Band is a neat concept and does pretty much what it says on the tin. Scott Gerling, the “One Man” in question plays all the instruments himself and it is easy to see where his inspiration comes from.
He sounds like any number of bands that you saw live over the last few decades, which you enjoyed but can’t quite remember, ones who should have made it big but didn’t get the chance to step through the door to the big leagues. Nothing to do with the music, it is as tightly and energetically delivered as any of those bands who went on to live the dream. I’m just saying that there were loads for who the dice roll didn’t result in the big win. The ones who opened up for AC/DC, toured with Aerosmith, got into a back stage fist-fight with Motley Crue or who blew Foo Fighters off stage back in the early days. It is brash, confrontational, testosterone fuelled and old-school, a bit like, some might say, the man he is celebrating on this song.
He sees the man as “the rainmaker, ass kicker, and iron fist America needs, the champion of the American people, and defender of American ideals…that to characterise him in any other way is to misunderstand the spirit of his mission.” And whilst I’m sure that there will be as many people agreeing as disagreeing with his position, isn’t that the point of music? Music should raise issues, support causes, spark debate, cause arguments and generally pick fights and Scott is well aware of this. But this is a music review site so let’s leave the soapbox aside for the moment, let the politics play out elsewhere and get back to the music.
It is everything that you want an old-school inspired, classic rock referencing rock beast of a song to be. It gets down to the point with driving back beats, pumping bass lines, vocals from the Bon Scott book of evensong , white hot guitar work and razor wire riffs. Straight down the line, no gimmick, clean limbed, angry, rock music just as the god of Chuck Berry and Jack Daniels intended.