The Campaign 1984, Blood for Nashville (4 out of 5 stars)

The Campaign 1984’s sophomore release takes southern rock to a new level. Claiming influence from Queens of the Stone Age and AC/DC, their rock-and-roll fathers would approve. Dear readers, let me assure you that I have been to my fair share of ridiculous southern-rock-band-poser shows. These guys are the real deal. Their influence from the Southern culture can be seen in the titles of their songs alone. For example, consider “Stonewall.” Any freshman in high school can recognize the Confederate relation, and their music isn’t intended for any younger of an audience than that. Beyond that, the slick guitar riffs, dynamic tempos and tight vocals make each song a journey of rock. Though a few songs tiptoe on the border of screamo, The Campaign 1984 slowly backs away from rock catastrophe. Some songs, like “UpTown Vampire,” (available for your listening pleasure on their MySpace page) have a shake-your-rockin’-body beat. Interestingly, there are a few precious acoustic and slower songs. The vibrant nature of the music would certainly get a head-nod from diversity capital Asheville, the band’s hometown. Based on the vigor of the album alone, I would bet a live show from this group would be high-energy and far from dull. But don’t take my word for it. Find out for yourself! Your first chance will be at the February 28 Open Mic Night, hosted by LMP. The show starts at 7 pm, so come join the crowd or visit the band’s MySpace page,