If you were going to select a manifesto from among the songs on the Photogenics’ self-titled album, it would surely be “Count on Me.” There’s an admirable refusal to quit in everything the band does, from Doug Kennedy’s thin, Dylanesque voice, always struggling after the same high note that’s just outside his range, to Colin Greenlaw’s fast and flashy fiddle parts, to the doggedly up-tempo train rhythms.
Even “She Works Hard,” a song of tribute to a devoted lover, is about how industrious the subject of the song is. The style and the ethos are one, and if you like a band that won’t give up or change course no matter how hard the road, this album won’t let you down.
Personally, though, I’d like to hear them try singing “Lucky Old Sun” or one of those Depression-era ballads about never having to work again, and see how they like it.
The Photogenics’ debut album is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
All images courtesy the artist.