Unlike his brother Charlie, Will Sexton and his band ‘Will And The Kill’ stuck closer to the typical Texan rock mould coupled with an Americana vibe, though still with a polished sheen befitting a major label signing.
Written by: gdmonline
ARTIST: Will And The Kill
ALBUM: Will And The Kill
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: Will Sexton – vocals, guitars * David Grissom – guitars, backing vocals * Alex Napier – bass * Jeff Boaz – drums
Additional Musicians: Charlie Sexton – guitar, hammond B3 organ, backing vocals * Billy White, Craig ‘Kreg’ Ross – guitars * Jimmy Vaughan – bass * Stephen Doster, Tommy Taylor – backing vocals * James Fenner – percussion
TRACK LISTING: 01 No Sleep * 02 Heart Of Steel * 03 Rocks In My Pillow * 04 Teach The Teacher * 05 Restless To Reckless * 06 I Thought I Heard A Heartbeat * 07 Breakin’ All The Rules * 08 All Just To Get To You * 09 Hard To Please * 10 Their Game
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Will Sexton is the younger brother of Charlie Sexton, who was recently covered in a review article by Glory Daze earlier in the week. Quite appropriate considering both siblings were operating at the same time, and were signed to the same label MCA.
Unlike his brother Charlie, Will and his band ‘The Kill’ stuck closer to the typical Texan rock mould coupled with an Americana vibe, though still with a polished sheen befitting a major label signing. I did have this album on CD at one point though I don’t recall much about it, so writing up on article will hopefully jog my memory banks.
The two profiled songs on the album were the opening pair of ‘No Sleep’ and ‘Heart Of Steel’, both released as singles though strangely there doesn’t seem to be any official MTV video clips on YouTube, though I did find ‘Heart Of Steel’ on a Russian channel, click here to view it.
I like the upbeat tempo of ‘Teach The Teacher’ with its rolling rhythm section and innuendo laden lyrics. Indeed, the band come into their own on the upbeat tracks which include ‘I Though I Heard A Heartbeat’, the equally fiesty ‘Breakin’ All The Rules’ and for mine – the album highlight ‘Their Game’ which gallops along with unbridled energy.
MCA got the album into various overseas markets during 1988 but overall it didn’t shift big numbers and as it turned out, this was the only album by the band. In 2009, Will suffered a stroke which was a setback but did not knock him out of the music industry completely. He left Austin TX, moved to Memphis and married fellow musician Amy La Vere. He continues to release solo material right up to the current day, his latest came out in 2020.
Heart Of Steel