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.
Winding towards the number one spot on the Readers’ Selection on the New Year Ninety Chart – 10 to 2.
The more perspicacious readers will have noticed you didn’t get the opportunity to vote on anything – and that is quite correct – as with the Readers’ Selection for Band of the Month – the chart is made up from a number of stats from on-site and off-site activity – fed in to an algorithm and the results are calculated on those factors – not a – ‘voting system’.
The Dominican Republic based Canadian originating protest-rock trio Still Eighteen are set to release their début EP Bullets To Dust on the 9th of December.
Having had the fortune of having snaffled a shot of whisky whilst sitting on straw bale as I listened to the approximately a quarter of an hour EP (available on bandcamp) I would posit this is something to add to the collection.
Still Eighteen are able to fulminate against a system of geo-political rectitude whilst becoming neither belligerent nor pleading as the bluesy-rock guitar echoes across the room to accompaniment of punctuated drum skins whilst punctilious bass lays with burnished vocal as the music spirals around the room and delivers sounds of incredulity that the world has become one of tribal in-fighting promulgated by those with no vested interest other than for their own amusement and betterment on the skeletons of those they abuse.
From the four track release the opener – and my pick of the EP – also the title – Bullets To Dust.