There’s a wonderfully retro feel to “Fireball,” the debut album from Baltimore-based rockers Western Star. They’ve cultivated a classic garage rock sound, with just a hint of alt-country twang, making their 12-track, 43-minute platter an enjoyable listen.
Western Star — frontman Max Jeffers, guitarist Justin Myers, Nick Jeffers and drummer Bob Shade — are rough around the edges in the best possible way and have honed their sound with steady touring over the past couple years. They caught the attention of Old 97’s guitarist Ken Bethea, who produced “Fireball,” and Salim Nourallah, who mixed it.
The quartet comes out of the gate firing on all cuylinders with the title track and “Ghostchaser,” and later score with standouts “Thousand Heartaches,” “Aeroangel,” “For Cryin’ Out Loud,” “Closer to the Edge” and sprawling closer “Orable.” I’m guessing these guys are even better live than they are on record and I can’t wait for Western Star to roll through the Burgh. (Jeffrey Sisk)