Who would have thought that a 21-year-old could write and co-produce such an invigorating set of raw, splintering country rock? Makes you wonder if she's some doe-eyed honky tonk chanteuse of yore reincarnated in Columbus, Ohio.
There are countless garage bands across the U.S. who have vied for a similar melodic, buzzing guitar sound, but Lydia emphasizes country song structure over rock, filling out the ruckus with banjo, violin and pedal steel. The band is deftly adaptable, stretching its punky, crunchy country inflections around mid-tempo shuffle beats ("How Many Women") and a stompin' polka beat ("Jesus Was a Wino").
Lydia's voice and songwriting are every bit the match of the top notch musicianship. Her alto is genuinely melodic and her personal reflections are surprisingly mature, whether she's singing about alcohol, religion, romance, or a local stalker who fancies he's Steve Earle.
"Indestructible Machine" is an exciting album from promising talents. Co-producer/engineer Joe Viers deserves praise for the clarity and balance of the final mix. He has preserved a worthy document of a band that leaves everything on stage when it performs and everything in the studio when it records.