‘Gasoline Rattle’ chronicles a dark, lonesome trip through pastoral towns, formidable dives and barren interstates on a rugged mission of transgression, love, heartache and ultimately- deliverance. Singer/Songwriter Mathew deRiso, accompanied by producer / bassist Kurt Mullins offer up nine country and folk flavored tunes well suited for a slow ride down a gravel road, fueled by tales of hard luck humanity and spirituality combined with glimmer of hope lyricism, strong vocals and grassroots instrumentation best described as road-hard acoustic Americana.
The album begins with “Heart of Diesel” an ode to the broken hearted from the mind of a reluctant protagonist riding on the “devil’s train” of regret, declaring “for every broken heart in heaven there’s a heart of diesel rattling down below.” That troubled heart leads the listener back in time to the belly of the New Frontier Casino and the golden age of Sin City, with the words “Bikini Bull Riding” flashing on a star studded marquee. Then, with the devil on your trail, a long lost lover winds up “Dead in New Orleans” driving you north towards the ghost lands of every greasy spoon and dingy Midwestern truck stop on the “Damnation Line.” Hope lurks quietly around the corner from the ashes of a fiery wreck, as the battered and bruised are lead to a one night stand with mercy with the emotional yet galvanized “Guilty Man’s Gun.” Only then, after grace shines briefly on one’s shoulder, does the listener head back to “Sweet Louise” only to find New Orleans in ruins. But fear not, for at the end of every road, in the bottom of every abandoned well, and in the pit of “an old basement cabin” a troubled spirit finds rest and redemption in the heartfelt, spiritual anthem “Bound for Glory” compelling the listener down one last highway to keep “keep burning on until you’re free” riddled with the cries of life''s secular evangelists housed inside 24 hour travel plazas, whiskey motels and the cab of a rundown pick-up in the mystical and poetic “Dirt Road Eulogy.” Only then does the protagonist finally find true love in the "wild and holy tilt-a-whirl" embraced in the arms of a circuit preacher’s daughter gone bad on a dusty yet oddly familiar fairground as the album draws to an uplifting close with the outlawish old time shuffle of “Midway Babylon.”
Dark and compelling, somber and bittersweet, the music of ''Gasoline Rattle'' not only haunts the soul, but inspires it.
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