There are few bands so revered by their contemporaries as the SOLEDAD BROTHERS, who formed in 1995 and hail from the same Detroit scene that spawned the likes of the WHITE STRIPES, BRENDAN BENSON and THE GREENHORNES. The Hardest Walk arrives a full two years after the release of their acclaimed third album Voice Of Treason, and is their best work to date, without question. "We recorded and played for 14 hours every day for 28 days," explains Johnny Walker (guitar and vocals), doctor, anarchist and chief spokesman for Detroit''s most radical rock''n''roll collective. "We played every instrument - the drums, the piano, the organ, the bass, the cello, the flute, the saxophone, the harmonica, the sitar, the lap-steel guitar, the theremin - everything." For Walker, Ben Swank (drums), and Oliver Henry (guitar and saxophone) there''s a sense that this record is an important step in the band''s artistic evolution. This studio album transcends the rampant garage blues that had so characterized the band''s previous work by taking in a diverse range of influences,from DR JOHN and ALBERT AYLER to SYD BARRETT and early NEIL YOUNG, with some Brit pop melodies and soul grooves added for good measure. The Hardest Walk is a mature, personal and complex rock''n''roll album.