Across the 15 tracks of To the Top
, the Blackfoot Gypsies
fuse their influences -- swamp blues cool, downhome hillbilly funk and homegrown punk panache -- into a lean, mean machine invoking such classic musical malcontents as The Rolling Stones
, The Faces
and Mott The Hoople
, while sparking and spitting 21st-century fire. It's the type of record that could only come from a band that learned to rock the old-fashioned way -- one sweaty, full-throttle live performance at a time.