People will be fooled by Jack Pine and the Fire. Mandolin and foot stomping kick drum set the tone on the opening number, hinting that the Ottawa outfit is rooted in the Appalachians, but the self-titled debut is more than traditional sounds and spirited sing-alongs.

When the band moves they spit fire, but there’s just as much going on after the smoke clears. Jack Pine, a.k.a. Gareth Auden-Hole and a collection of talented musicians, are happy to deliver sweat soaked dance floor stompers, but still smolder with an intensity most lose with the pace slows.

Atmospheric heart break, harmonies, plucked stand up bass and fiddle all season the broth, but no texture is out of play for the band (they even throw in the friendly chimes of some surf guitar on “Lost in New Orleans”). The end result is an LP that happily tips its cap to the past but isn’t indebted to it.

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