Musical time machine Last Watch travels from the 1930s and '40s, headed toward the garage-rock future and a 4 a.m. set by a coked-up ZZ Top playing a post-show set at a hotel room in the Nevada desert circa 1973. The reason I say they are headed toward a future that occurred 39 years ago is that the fellas who make up The Last Watch have been performing in a pre-electrical world for nigh on a coon's age. John Johnson, formerly of the stompgrass outfit Hillstomp, traded his buckets and assorted homemade percussion for a full-on drumset with cymbals and everything, while acoustic old-timey bluesman McDougall finally decided to plug-in and ride the electrical pony to a loud, anthemic blues-a-palooza.
The new tunes, available at reverbnation.com, contain the sort of energy that comes to musicians when they escape the confines of their comfort zones. It's no surprise "The Wind" has a sing-along and head-nodding chorus, as these two performers are well known for their hooks and gusto. The cherry on this sundae is "This Time 'Round," with its driving beat and a nattering guitar backing McDougall's soaring, scratchy-throated wail. LW isn't breaking new ground, they're reviving themselves and old time sounds.
Last Watch plays The Palace Friday, Feb. 3, at 9 PM with The Boxcutters and a solo set from McDougall.