Many of you will be familiar with Acoustic Journey; real fan favourites amongst the UK country die-hards. With 2 EPs under their belt as an acoustic 3-piece, the end of 2016 saw an overhaul of their branding, including the switch to ‘Journey Home’ and the addition of a bass player, James Archer. On March 24th, the guys released their much-anticipated first single as Journey Home, ‘Ain’t Quite A Truck’, giving fans a taster of what to expect from their future releases with a new, more full sound.
You could be forgiven for assuming it’s ‘just another one of those truck songs’ from looking at the title. Don’t be fooled. It’s a reflective look back at the innocent memories of years gone by – “It ain’t quite a truck, but it’s filled with memories. I don’t need a 4×4 just to get me close to where I wanna be. Down any old back road, no matter if we get stuck. It ain’t quite a truck”. It’s fun, incredibly catchy and an instant favourite right from the first listen.
As I’ve said so often on here, the drawback for many of our British artists is the standard of production. It’s always a struggle. But the guys have really pulled it out of the bag with this one; it’s polished, professional, high-energy and stands up well against much of the material coming from across the pond. It really does make such a difference. If their future releases match the quality, alongside the likes of Darcy’s EP which will be released soon, we could be seeing a turning point in UK country music production-wise.
It’s a very mainstream, current Nashville style track. A playful, infectious melody combined with a great sing-a-long chorus and a signature earworm guitar riff. I can’t wait to hear them belt out this track at the festivals over the summer; it could become a British country anthem. You won’t meet a nicer bunch of guys either.
Their upcoming EP ‘Nights Like These’ is available for pre-order on PledgeMusic HERE…show them some love!
Dan Wharton (@LifeInASong_Dan)