"...The living embodiment of dirty, thirsty, blues-injected boogiecrunch." - HIGH BIAS
"Spawned from the same trailer park that brought us The Hellacopters, Alabama Thunderpussy and touring-mate Johnny Winter, Five Horse Johnson play inbred, ugly mammoth rock `n' roll slugged out with hairy fists and sore throats...funny and entertaining balls-to-the-walls rock." - INK 19
"Eschewing the obvious stoner influences of Sabbath, Vitus and Kyuss, Five Horse Johnson instead seem to hark back to the bluesier likes of Mountain and The Groundhogs...offers a glimpse of what Zeppelin's fourth album might have sounded like augmented by Mick Jagger in full faux-bluesman mode." - ROCKSOUND
When Five Horse Johnson formed back in 1995, announcing themselves as a blues band, their friends may have thought they had cause to worry. After all, it is a well-worn banality that white boys can only ever hope to mimic the blues, isn't it? Thankfully, over the past decade, Five Horse Johnson has happily proven doubters wrong. Over the course of six albums, the band has carved out a niche all their own, combining their love and respect for the blues with classic rock and other less dog-eared influences to become one of the most loved and respected bands in the stoner rock community. Always a right freight train live, the band has spent a lot of time on the road with the likes of Clutch and Halfway To Gone, gathering fans, friends and drinking partners all over the world.
Now, with The Mystery Spot and the help of their good friend and newest collaborator Jean Paul Gaster (Clutch) on drums, Five Horse Johnson has created their strongest album to date. The power is there in spades, and the influences are still clear (do I hear a bit of Captain Beefheart in there?). The Mystery Spot is a polished affair, but it's like the polish on a muscle car: it doesn't slow the vehicle down one bit. Collaborators include Roadsaw/Antler's Craig Riggs and Big Chief's Phil D & Mark Dancey, all doing what they do best. The Mystery Spot is a powerhouse of a record, a focused affair that makes the listener want to reach for the bottle, the smokes and the volume knob all at the same time.