Combining the darker, brash elements of grunge with the guitar stylings of country, 1 is an emotional roller-coaster that finds itself hitting on all the wrong chords across the six song album.
Opening with "Arrogance," Jay Lux opts for a low, raspy twang over distorted guitar that sounds like a Godsmack coverband out of west Texas. What's worse, Lux sounds uncomfortably out of key for most of the track, which makes the whole experience a tad grinding. If you toss out "Arrogance," however, tracks like "Bleed Our Bones" and "Slid Out" are actually rather good.
Where as the first is slower with a heart-wrenching chorus that you can really feel, "Slid Out" is more upbeat vocally and instrumentally, with poppy drums and a solid guitar riff throughout. As a whole, 1 is an easy pass if for no reason other than the uncomfortably rough and out of tune vocals. The genre is interesting -- rock with a country push is something I really enjoy -- but the execution could lend itself to a few more takes in the studio.