Get Comfortable with
Three veterans of the Buffalo, NY music scene assembled to exorcise the demons of their former bands. Their goal was to write and record a country album in the spirit of Carl Perkins and Hank Williams Sr. The result is what you might expect from three lifelong East Coasters who spent the better part of their lives listening to Sixties pop/rock and Eighties post-punk. If the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo was a generation removed from real deal C&W, then The Hickory Windbreakers are two, hey maybe three generations removed. From the Buffalo News: 'Alt-country with pop smarts...always a hoot.' -Jeff Miers From Go Metric! #17: Somewhere between Elvis Costello and the Everly Brothers we find The Hickory Windbreakers, a Buffalo supergroup side project featuring Jesse James Stewart (Disappointments), Mark Norris (Girlpope), and Brett Essler (mxxf/Mr. Friendly). The Disappointments were one of my favorite bands of recent years and when they broke up only the emergence of The Hickory Windbreakers prevented me from catching the next red eye to Bisonville and forcing Mr. Stewart, at gunpoint, to get in an active band-he's too great a writer and singer to sit on the sidelines. So I thank Mark and Brett for seeing this record to completion, I enjoy it immeasurably and avoided committing a series of felonies. But it's not just Jesse here, Mark's four contributions more than hold their own, especially 'Five Finger Discount', already a favorite summer song in our house. Of course, rumors hold that the Windbreakers have also broken up, which leaves me with three scenarios: 1) said rumors are false, 2) Jesse's in another band, or 3) I write the nest issue of Go Metric! From Sing Sing. Regardless of which one proves to be true, Get Comfortable will be in regular rotation. -Mike Faloon This is a CD-R release.