Leadbetter Band – “Waterdogs”


Producing a passionate rock sound with throwback appeal, it’s no wonder that Oregon-based trio Leadbetter Band opened for ZZ Top this past August. Vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Eric Leadbetter is no stranger to the stage, playing hundreds of shows annually; the group successfully brings their acclaimed live sound to the studio with this year’s album Howl, a collection of Leadbetter’s favorite original songs. Opening track “Howl” features a nostalgic southern-rock sound. Angsty guitar tones and a pulsing bass line drive to confident vocals, the “shining bright on the hills,” rise around the one-minute mark proving memorably with the anthemic vocal layers and guitar pulsations. The final 30 seconds, with added guitar lines and especially anthemic vocals, closes “Waterdogs” with enjoyable precision. The remainder of Howl maintains the enjoyable rock sound of its opening track.

Stream Howl in full, below:

“Waterdogs” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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