I have been waiting on this EP for a good little while now. I first saw TC Fambro and the Copperheads back at the end of June when I took myself on my little Texas study abroad trip. You can read all about it here, but basically, I wasn't expecting the band playing on a flat bed trailer in the middle of the country at some bachelor pad house to a bunch of college kids and townies to become one of my favorite bands.
Since then, I have tried to see TC and the Copperheads every time they've been in Lubbock. I know they have been played quite a bit on the radio in Fort Worth thanks to Shayne Hollinger (who knows good music) but I'm hoping Lubbock will pick up on them soon. I'm doing all I can to spread the word.
This EP finally came out a few days ago and I've been waiting to review it since these five songs landed in my email box a few weeks back.
It starts off with "Waiting for My Time to Come," which might be a favorite right off the bat. It's got a desperate love song theme of not having the girl he wants, but with a hopeful and upbeat tone. Like he knows he'll get the girl, but he's gotta let her kiss all the frogs first. His voice is so unique and the band sounds great on this track.
"Bad Medicine" is one of those bluesy, broken-hearted drinking ballads that kicks you in the gut, especially if you've been there before. Even if you haven't been there, you still feel it and kind of just want to drink whiskey alone in the dark anyway. "She slipped away, I just let her go; I'm done with the pain, let the bourbon flow." It's the classic country theme of broken hearts mended with smoke and booze and to me that'll never get old.
The beat picks up again in the middle with "Runnin' On Fumes." Probably my least favorite on the EP right now (those sometimes grow to be my favorite), even though it is the most upbeat sounding. The lyrics are good and relateable and really like the music on this track.
"The Bitter End" is an incredible old school country sounding Waltz that you can't not love. I think TC's writing is best on this track. The weather references throughout the track paint a picture for the classic country theme of a relationship gone wrong. Just a great song all around.
Finally, "From the Fires Below," is definitely my favorite on this EP. I'm always obsessed with bad girl songs (Dirty River Boys "She," . "It's the devil's daughter, straight from Hell's fire, breaker of hearts and queen of desire, can't escape her, she follows me wherever I go, from the fires below." This is the kind of sexy song that got guys like Gary Allen where they are. It's fun to listen to and sing along with and just a jam.
Show TC Fabro and the Copperheads some love and go buy this EP! It's less than five bucks but worth a whole lot more.