It has been over four years since the English blues quartet Southern Brotherhood last featured.
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.
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The US blues-rock quartet The Million Reasons released the one track plus one remix single Dizzy on the 14th.
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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.
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The English blues-rocker Dave Hanson is working towards a new LP.
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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.
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The US blues-rock trio The Vitals released their latest single – Venom And Line on the 1st.
A trio who rarely featured, having first been introduced in 2013 and last appeared three years ago – when they do – the week takes a lift for the better with their unfettered and free range take on the world of rock’n’roll.
Although the music has evolved over the years, the constancy of the three only ever players in The Vitals enables their music to have a consistency of thread and just like catching up with a childhood friend after many years all, immediately, slots in to place as though never gone away. Perhaps this explains their longevity, despite the infrequency of their new material, as although there have only been features in 2013 and 2015, other than a cover song in 2016, this is their complete catalogue of releases.
When The Vitals will return with a new song is open to anyone to speculate, be it tomorrow or in another few years, I look forward to picking up the threads of our connectivity once again at the appropriate moment – until then – Venom And Line (which is available on bandcamp).
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The English blues-rock creator David Ford released the single Real Damn Slow on the 27th of April and will be releasing the LP Animal Spirits on the 11th.
As posited on the tin Real Damn Slow is a curling, gnarly drifting track that unhurriedly wraps the listener in its beguiling whisky rasped vocal and gliding riffs that pulls to mind a ramshackle bar in a deserted town evoking reminders of times gone by still held in fond memory.
A track that invites the audience to kick-up their heels and allow the roughly four and a sixth minutes of Real Damn Slow to take over plans for the rest of day, with a tumbler of spirit to hand.
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