‘The First Second’ pays homage to the “garage rocking roots” of the two Gibson brothers, Mike and Billy, and their love of music. Apparently an old album “exhumed from the vaults and given a makeover”, the brothers’ relationship is evident in the cohesiveness of the guitar work, for me, the main highlight of this CD. Whether the sound is crunchy, clean or distorted, the rich tone and catchy riffs provided the overall punch and energy needed to do the tracks justice. Having Earle Robertson‘s drums so far back in the mix and Billy’s bass right up front feels a little disconnecting, and while the vocals are enthusiastic with some interesting harmonic colours, they don’t quite have the same ‘oomph’ as the propulsive guitars. A little more time arranging and vocal direction would have helped. With its refreshing deviation from the stock standard groove and Pink Floyd-esque overtones, Rainy September is my favourite, while Squeeze (Toy Love‘s song from back in 1979 and the album’s only cover) has a variety of tasty changes. Recommended fun for lovers of simple, easy listening, ’80s-styled old school rock.