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Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird remains a draw on the local club scene eight years after hatching because it's reliable and accessible. These qualities are unlikely to catapult the quintet to global fame, but they guarantee that Alien-American, the band's latest full-length, stays catchy and listenable from start to finish.

"The Honeymoon" encapsulates the Mockingbird's positives: sassy vocals by Wendy Clark Hudson; an infectious melody; appealing accompaniment courtesy of guitarists Daniel Paschke and Mark Mauldin, drummer Rob Cameron and bassist Rhett Haney; and clever lyrics such as "The honeymoon's not the same without you/But I'm remaining optimistic." Elsewhere, the players touch on styles ranging from country ("Sometimes I Think") to blues rock ("Catching On [The Stupid Song]") without sounding scattershot, thanks to steady production co-credited to Eric Shiveley and the band as a whole.

Alien-American isn't a remarkable disc, but it's enough to keep Tequila Mockingbird's nest feathered for the foreseeable future.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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