All Things Said, Haynes and Co. Keep Their Traditions Alive
Masked among a musical accouterment of political and social reasoning, Warren Haynes’ Gov’t Mule has released their 10th studio album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go. The album, in full, is a musical epic, moving through a series of sounds, melodies and wah-wah guitar riffs. It pulls heavily from the band’s Southern Rock roots but fluctuates nicely across a series of issues, both personal and global. Revolution Come…Revolution Go works effortlessly to mix genres to the point where it’s hard to notice a change in pressure. All things said, the album is grounded in that long developed sound where the adherence to traditional practices only enforces the band’s ability to switch on a dime and jam on until there is no more sound to extrude from their instruments.
Among blues and rock, Gov’t Mule has taken the full force ofgenre-bending, creating a range of sounds which flow smoothly across Haynes’ haggard background. “Pressure Under Fire,” “Revolution Come, Revolution Go” and “Stone Cold Rage” rip through traditional rifts, plowing through the disparaging news which has cluttered the wavelengths of today’s world. Quite the opposite, “The Man I Want to Be” and “Sarah, Surrender” take a more personal approach to songwriting. They’re both oddly relatable in their message, each nicely attuned to Gov’t Mule’s sound and uniquely grounded in the human condition. Their music, although transgressive over the years, has taken its southern rock and blues influences and kept them hoisted high above the noise, focusing solely on developing story told seamlessly through song. With the recent death of Gregg Allman, this comes as no easy task.
Mule, as they are often referred to, have constructed an album tuned to the current state of affairs. They play at the Peacemaker Music and Arts festival in Fort Smith, Arizona and are scheduled to remain on the road until early November. Their current pilgrimage is set to take them throughout the Northern American territories and to parts of Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom. As of now, Revolution Come…Revolution Go, is currently fifth in U.S. rock albums and 35th of all U.S. albums overall.