Known predominantly as a live band it's taken four studio records and eight years for the Paladins to put that highly rated live show down on record. Of course, in that time that whole roots rock thing has seen a lot of bands come and go, some like Los Lobos to greater things, others like the brilliant Blasters sadly no more, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds into some kind of no man's land depending on who's in the band at the time.
To their credit the Paladins just keep on rocking. Recorded over a couple of months earlier this year, Million Mile Club features, as guitarist Dave Gonzalez puts it, "the songs the people yell out for at the shows" plus a couple of newer tracks, the best of these aptly titled "15 Days Under the Hood." The Paladins like many other acts continually commit the unforgivable crime of playing across the Tasman and never here, so as usual your basic local lover of quality shitkicker music has to make do with live on record and lump it. Having said that, play it drunk, play it loud and cab home.
Kevin Byrt, Real Groove Reviews