Indestructible Machine, Loveless’ Bloodshot debut, combines heady doses of punk rock energy and candor with the country classicism she was raised on and just can’t shake; it’s an gutsy and unvarnished mash up. The rattletrap electricity in foggy mountain throwdowns like “Bad Way To Go” and “Do Right” may channel ground zero-era Old 97s, but the underlying bruised vulnerability comes across like Neko Case’s tuff little sister. “Can’t Change Me,” with its choppy, tense guitar tonality recalling Television’s Richard Lloyd, stridently and stubbornly tells the world to stuff it, while “More Like Them”’s muscular power pop hits on the classic rockand- roll motif of the outsider; both could be anthems for blank generations along the rural routes everywhere. But she’s also got the vocal nuances to pull off country soul well beyond her years on “How Many Women,” which could have been pulled right out of the strong-womanwronged canon of Loretta Lynn, and “Crazy,” full of boozy heartache and the lilt of Appalachia.
Indestructible Machine possesses a snotty irreverence and lyrical brashness that’s an irresistible kick in the pants.