Southern-fried Brit-rockers Sons of Liberty play their cards right with their sophomore album ‘Aces and Eights’.

The band raise the stakes with their explosive opener, “Ruby Starr”. With its catchy hooks and scorching riffs, this song is no messing rock and roll at its best. Furthermore, the foot-stomping sounds of “Beef Jerky Boogie” and the topical drinking song “Whiskey Is My Vaccine” illustrate the band’s sense of humour, with some witty, tongue in cheek lyricism.

But there is more to the Sons of Liberty than hard rocking anthems. The band play the hand they are dealt with bourbon-soaked ballads such as “Black Blizzard” and “I Come In Peace”. Each of which they perform with authority and conviction.

Sons of Liberty double down with southern rocker “Texas Hill Country” and stand out track “Damaged Reputation”. Whilst “Dead Man’s Hand” cleverly ties the album together.

With ‘Aces and Eights’, Sons of Liberty have most certainly hit the jackpot; there are no signs of second album syndrome here.