Album Review

Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team - Self-Titled

Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team - self-titled

Making straight-ahead rock isn't rocket science. It's breaking into the lab, mixing the contents of a couple test tubes, and trying not to blow shit up. And it's the kind of science that singer/songwriter/drummer Terry Anderson has been excelling at for close to 30 years, with co-starring roles in various North Carolina bands and three strong solo releases to his credit. These days he leads his own Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team, whose consistently entertaining debut combines the southern-fried Face-isms of the Georgia Satellites, the pile-driving rock of Rockpile, and the scruffy heart of midtempo NRBQ -- three reference points that Anderson comes by honestly. He plays with ex-Satellite Dan Baird in the Yayhoos. He frequently cowrites with former NRBQer Al Anderson (their collaboration "You Know Me" shines here). And, well, he really likes Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. When an album sports "Feel A Drunk Comin' On" and "Thunderbird" (the booze, not the car), you're forgiven for expecting the album-closing "Rehab" to also be a goof. Instead, it's an intervention cast as a sing-along, with fellow scientists Walter Clevenger and bassist/producer Jack Cornell among those swapping verses.