The Cerny Brothers just dropped their new album, Looking For The Good Land, on Cleveland International Records.
Recorded in Nashville at Cowboy Jack Clements’ studio, the album conveys a sound that’s big and roomy, full of potent guitars, radiant harmonies, and brawny rhythms.
Siblings Scott and Robert Cerny began their musical career traveling from city to city, playing living rooms, clubs, theaters, and dive bars. As they moved through America, the duo came to understand the scope of heterogeneity from one locale to the next. Yet despite the dissimilarities and variety of viewpoints, there was one common thread – everyone was looking for tranquility.
Looking For The Good Land paints a soundscape of America’s shared desire for contentment, what many refer to as “the American dream.”
“We’re not looking to push any specific ideology,” says Scott. “We’re just making observations about what we’ve seen. Across the country, whether you’re a musician or a plumber, you’re looking for your piece of the American pie. Everyone is.”
Encompassing 12-tracks, Looking For The Good Land starts off with “I Wanna Love You,” riding a compelling heartland rock melody reminiscent of Springsteen, only more resonant and passionate. Intense, luminous vocal harmonies infuse the tune with palpable quixotic energy. This is a goliath-sized song.
From a purely subjective perspective, highlights on the album include “Days Of Thunder,” opening on a gleaming piano and muscular kick drum flowing into a hypertrophic rock tune rife with grand vocals, intimate lyrics, and the luxury of emotional commitment. This track is a personal favorite because of its aura of swelling dynamics and assertive vitality.
“American Whore” travels on oversized guitars riding a pulsating rhythm conjuring up visions of Tom Petty and John Mellencamp. Tumescent with galvanizing dynamics, this track serves up heartland rock the way it should be – proximate and forceful.
“Laugh At The Devil” features a bluesy, rockabilly melody full of Jerry Lee Lewis momentum, as well as a spectacular piano, grinding, sneering, and snorting out scrumptious hues of electrifying oomph.
“Denver” opens on a delicate, elegant piano topped by a soft, clear voice under exquisite control. A drawling harmonica enters and the harmonics enlarge, exuding surging roiling intensity, and then drops back down. Pervaded by lingering melancholic savors, this is a gorgeously poignant song.
Looking For The Good Land is both imminent and wonderfully superb. With this album, The Cerny Brothers have produced an instant classic.