The US blues-rock creator Justin Long in the guise of Lord Willing will be releasing the LP Are You Happy? on the 31st of May.
From the forthcoming album – Loneliness Is The Hardest Drug, which was itself released as a stand alone single earlier this month, stakes a decent marker for the LP.
A just over three minutes track that is fused with R&B, Blues and thumping rock, which finds the listener stamping in time with the bulging drum kit that slices through the speakers. A well conceived piece of music which lifts even the dourest mood to a sense of well-being and rather than downing whisky to numb despondency the audience raises a glass in cheerful disposition.
The fact that Justin is an experienced musician, albeit that Lord Willing is a new project, is evidenced in the self-assured songwriting and delivery.
Word arrives of a follow-up single coming out on the 17th of March – Green Doesn’t Look Good On You which will provide a further signpost as to what to expect from Are You Happy? in May.
The English blues-rock project Harlea released the single You Don’t Get It a few hours ago.
The crunching guitar rips its own denim as the gnarly chords rumble across the room, whilst a delightfully precocious bass echoes around the walls as though in an empty hall as drum skitters through half of each bar giving You Don’t Get It a surprisingly uptempo feel to the whisky saloon blues from which the drifting vocal gritty vocal filters in to focus.
Harlea is a project that is making an impact with the sultry, becoming, vocal writhing around dusty dirty-blues and I look forward to what else 2017 has in store.
Kim Killspeed is a blues rock band from Sydney in Australia comprising Candy, Andy and Bruce plus supporting cast.
Torturous evocations greet the ears as Kim Killspeed deliver finely sliced sounds which swallow up the room in their considered acoustic presentation. An absolutely stunning vocal captivates the mind to which guitar scurries around in the shadows as a gentle percussion sets the framework.
Kim Killspeed don’t seek to stride new grounds across the landscape of music, but what they have to add is an inspirational touch of brush stroke as they take familiar territory and shoulder themselves into a poise of confidence, with which the audience can engage. The trio add a depth of consternation to genre as they offer music of currency within a concept of the past.
Whilst mastered tracks give Kim Killspeed a smoother feel, which is reflected in their début release Ultrasound – EP – Kim Killspeed*- which surfaced at the end of last month, it is in live performance that I think this would work best as the rawness makes this work far better and with some pleasure, I am able to offer you a track from the unpolished version of what they are about, a song which isn’t on the EP – which will come as no surprise to regular readers.
That isn’t to say that the release is not worth getting hold of as the mastered material also has much to offer.
Safe Secrets is the blues rock trio of Sebastian Stone, Ric Olivarez and Joaquin Rosales from Nashville, Tennessee, in the USA.
Regular readers will understand why I ran out of the room in fear on hitting play with Safe Secrets – but I thrust my head around the doorway and found myself engaged. Sprawling guitars lay waste to the under-lay and the trio deliver not fatuous mind-numbing Nashville blues rather the enlightening, as they take a genre and shake it up, delivering an out-put that makes you think more garage-blues as the itchy growling sounds maul around the room.
Safe Secrets bring their compositions to life with a fine construct of blousy guitar that drips acid as a cantankerous percussion and bass combination claw the fabric and a sardonic vocal that reminds of a friendly poker game going sour commentates.
This is music to down with a bottle of Jack Daniels. I raise my hat to Safe Secrets who are able to switch a mind from running for the hills to wanting to pay for the next round and being happy when they empty my wallet with a Royal Flush.