Promised Land — which features former and current members of Denney and the Jets, PUJOL, Nikki Lane's band and more — has just released their debut EP, a five-song collection of dusty ballads and stomp-along rockers called Stoned Eagle and produced by The Bomb Shelter's Andrija Tokic, The Ettes' Jem Cohen and the Landers themselves. These melodies are certainly reminiscent of garage-pop founding fathers like The Kinks and Badfinger, coated in the barroom swagger of classic rock 'n' rollers like Faces and the Stones and topped with the ivory-tickling prowess and informal, all-are-welcome-at-the-mic vocal approach of The Band. It makes for a product that is innately indicative of the American South — funny, considering the fact that all those influences I just listed are Canadian or British. (Other than King Levon, of course. Lord rest his soul.)
All that's just to say that Stoned Eagle is good. It's hearty, country-imbued rock 'n' roll with quick-lickin' guitars and rubbery bass lines to spare. I've had "Cool Me Down" and "Fuck Cancer" stuck in my head since I saw P.L. at The Stone Fox a few weeks back, so I'm just personally stoked to be able to put those bad boys on repeat. You can stream Stoned Eagle below, or download it for $6 over at Promised Land's Bandcamp page. Also, Third Man Records recorded the boys' set when they opened up for Seasick Steve in the Blue Room about a month back, and TMR tells us a live Promised Land 45 will be available in early 2013.