Out And About
2005, CrossCut Records CCD 12009
Sound Service 200805-2
New album, even groovier: Hank Shizzoe surprises with
a trio consisting of four musicians. Hawaiian guitars, raw, meatgrinding
rock, tender ballads, whorehouse jazz and Switzerland's finest
musicians as guests. "Out And About" offers all that
and a whole lot more. Handmade rock music on the highest level.
Hank Shizzoe's fifth studio album sounds fresh and timeless.
It manages to steer away from the mainstream without really trying
too hard and thus displays an effortless beauty and energy that
is rarely heard these days. Together with his band The Directors
he elegantly moves between tough rock and more subtle, at times
even jazzy tunes. The album also offers a first: "Your Luck
Will Find You" is an adaption of "Fingt ds Glück
eim?", a huge hit by Zueri
West, Switzerland's most successful
Hank Shizzoe relentlessly pursues his search for better songs: "Lyrics
and music, studio and stage, they all belong together. I like
all those jobs - auhor, guitar player, singer, producer." Ron
Kurz again co-produces and engineers. Oli Hartung joins the band
as second guitarist. Hank Shizzoe: "After playing with Sonny
Landreth we are finally back to the tried and true two-guitars-bass-and-drums-formula.
This band has no limits."
Newsletter, info, biography, commentary on the songs and audio
samples in the download section to your right.
Also available: CD-Single "Your Luck Will Find You",
radio edit plus two previously unreleased demos: Sound Service