The Dominican Republic based blues-rock trio Still Eighteen released the single Hit Me Like A Drug today.
A scrunchy british-blues influenced track which slides through the speakers in bleeding guitar chords that stretch like twisted elastic. Combinations of bass and percussion keep the six stringer from disappearing in to a soliloquy as they keep a tight reign on the thread of Hit Me Like A Drug whilst their signature sound of interweaving vocals, which creates which wide their dynamic range, again allows Still Eighteen their point of difference.
I was somewhat surprised to discover that it has been the best part of two years since Still Eighteen revealed new music, as Bullets & Dust, their last release, is still fresh in the mind.
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On the 28th they will be releasing the bakers dozen plus one revision track LP Truth & Lies, which is available on bandcamp.
The verging on an hour album takes the listener on a journey of blues-rock through the decades and through geographical influence, playing almost as a compendium of the various sub-genres and a testament to the strength of songwriting and musicianship that it all falls in to place with the listener having no desire to wander away, other than to grab hold of another bottle of Bourbon.
It has been interesting to engage with the journey of the various incarnations of Southern Brotherhood since the start of the decade discovering a sound which has bloomed over the years from what was an earlier earnest intensity to what is now a calm self-assuredness.
The twelfth song is the haunting beauty that pulls from the Velvet Underground songsheet and my pick of the release Ode To Man.
The US blues-rock quartet The Million Reasons released the one track plus one remix single Dizzy on the 14th.
The Million Reasons
The original version of Dizzy (available on bandcamp) is a heading towards five and three quarters minutes of finely blended and calmly delivered melodious balmy blues-rock. Meandering through the room in filters of a progressive psychedelic lens The Million Reasons have created a song in to which the listener unhitches from the world around and loses themselves in immersive imaginations of their own with little desire to reconnect once the song has drifted in to silence.
Even the radio friendly cut runs to over four minutes, though inevitably, I do recommend the original over the snipped song.
The English blues-rocker Dave Hanson is working towards a new LP.
Dave Hanson – photo credit – @s.l.rhodes
A new song from the forthcoming album, It’s In Our Hands, surfaced yesterday.
Opening with what appears to be heading towards some militarist triumphalist parade, the track soon veers off in to an immersive soul-blues-soaked rock’n’roll track that finds the listener stomping alongside in delight.