Not Bad Luck – Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders

Is it possible that there is such a thing as a Foo Fighters side project that doesn’t feature Dave Grohl?

Check out the 70’s pop rock stylings of Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders for all your Tom Petty, The Cars and Cheap Trick needs. The sunkissed AM Radio friendly Not Bad Luck is the opening number on the trio’s second album Red Light Fever and sounds like a lot of records you already know.

Taylor knew the other guys from his days in Sexual Chocolate. You may not have heard of Sexual Chocolate. That’s because it is a shriekingly horrid name for a band. They were better know as Alanis Morissette’s touring band.

It sounds a lot like the Foo Fighters for a start. Sure we know Taylor’s voice from Skin and Bones and from backing vocal duties. We know it from the times he swaps places with Dave at live shows to belt out a Queen number or to mix the set up even more. It is safe to say this tune would not sound out of place on In Your Honour or Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace.

Of course it’s not actually possible to buy a rock record made in the 21st century without it some how really featuring Dave Grohl, so he is on Red Light Fever but he’s hidden away in the liner notes. Dave’s here Man, but he’s not on show on the packaging too obviously.

Hawkins can be proud of this light and breezy rock and roll record which is perfect for beach life and summer sunsets.

Not bad Luck? Not bad at all.


3 thoughts on “Not Bad Luck – Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders

  1. I like Taylor. He’s a right happy guy, eh? I’ve only heard bits and pieces of his solo stuff (not this, though… ). He further charmed me when I watched that Sonic Highways… his excitement about Joe Walsh was great to see.

    (Also, I tried, man, but Wasted Light wasn’t for me).

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    1. Fair do. Taylor is that kind of guy who’s fandom shines through everything he does. He’s such a dope for stuff like Queen and The Eagles while the rest of his band bang on about Fear and The Germs & the underground stuff.

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