The Decoys are a three-piece band from the exotic-sounding city (at least to American ears) of Kamloops in British Columbia, Canada. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Stanley said of their new album In Our Blood “We incorporated elements of punk, grunge, folk and country rock,” and that description is pretty spot-on. The opening track Don’t Hesitate is full-on garage rock at its best. Ain’t Gonna Let You Go fools the listener into thinking it’s going to be a cover of Joe Cocker’s version of A Little Help From My Friends, then goes in a completely different direction after the opening chords. It’s a song that would feel comfortable to anyone who likes modern country rock, complete with a sweet slide guitar solo. The next track, Wasting Your Time is a slow ballad with a similar New Country feel, featuring bluesy electric piano chording and a harmonica solo.
Alibi is perhaps the most heartfelt song on the album, a minor-key song with Stanley singing autobiographically “it’s just the way I am, the way I am” over and over. However, this song too has a twist…right in the middle of the chorus, it shifts to a three-chord, major key happy progression that sounds very familiar…it’s La Bamba! It’s just a very brief musical tease, however, as the song returns to, and ends plaintively with “it’s just the way I am.”
Crossed The Line is back on the gas; a full-on rocker with a Ramones feel to it. The title track, In Our Blood,with its harmonica intro and prominent acoustic guitar is a very Tom Petty-ish song.
The final track on the album, Don’t Hang Me Up was wisely chosen as the closer. The last part of the song is an extended guitar solo that starts slow and melodic, gradually building dramatically as the tone shifts from clean to dirty and the tempo gets more frantic, with the bass and drums matching the guitar in an all-out free-form jam.
In Our Blood is everything that one would picture coming from a land of vast, unspoiled wilderness: Music that is real, organic and wild.