DoubleView of Texas Hippie Coalition
at Rocklahoma 2014
After Anderson and his buddy John Exall self-released THC’s first album Pride of Texas, the band has grown into an international favourite. Their second and third albums built up their repertoire and fame so that the excitement for the soon-to-be-released fourth album, Ride On, is reaching the boiling point.
THC’s third album, Peacemaker, was a huge hit and featured songs like “Turn It Up” and “Outlaw,” which have a true groove to them. In addition, the title track “Peacemaker” told a story from the point of view of a gun. “I am peacemaker/I send you to your maker/God damn the pusher man/Pray to God he understands/We’ll all have hell to pay/When time comes for our judgment day,” sings Big Dad Ritch.
The album has already been recorded and, “it sounds awesome,” says Pool. “I already got to hear it. I got to hear the finished product just a while ago in the van. It sounded really good. The solos I’m liking, and just the heaviness of it. It’s just good, hard, Southern, grooving metal. This could be the best THC album yet.”
Ride On will not be a carbon copy of the last three albums’ sounds. “I wanna say it’s more heavy,” says Pool. “It’s not so country… A little bit more of the Pantera mix in it. It’s a totally different take. It’s hard to even explain.”
There is already an agreement on a potential single from Ride On, Pool reveals. “It’s called 'Splinter.' We don’t know for definite, but it’s a maybe… Pretty heavy song, groovy and a punchy, metal song.”
Elaborating, Pool adds, “When we have a blowout on the road, we go on Facebook and say, ‘we have a blowout,” and we’ll definitely find somebody.” Usually, when this happens, somebody will just show up and fix their tire.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.