Jared James Nichols – The Waterfront, Norwich, UK – 16/07/2019

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Jared James Nichols
The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
16/07/2019
Review by Paul Monkhouse

Jared James Nichols has built up a solid reputation as one of the leading lights in modern blues rock, his firey gumbo of influences winning the hearts of audiences during tours with Glenn Hughes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, UFO, Saxon, Blue Oyster Cult and ZZ Top amongst others. It speaks a lot about the guitarist that he not only held his own against such legendary artists but gave them all a run for their money and on many nights blew away the headliners. His latest tour of the UK is part of a diverse triple band line-up that also includes Toby Jepson’s 70’s style hard rocking Wayward Sons and the topped-billed game-changers Living Colour. Despite the huge talent on show, Nichols opening set was the one that left the most lasting impression and brought the largest number of converts, all of whom stunned by the power of this three-piece.

Despite the early start time, a sizeable crowd was already pushing against the barrier as a siren rang out and Nichols strolled onto the stage, ripping into opening song ‘Last Chance’. This was rock ‘n’ roll as dirty and loud as you could have wished for, the muscular playing reminiscent of Cream at their most forceful but with an edge that spoke of years spent playing in rough bars all over small towns in the States. There was a real ferocity here that screamed to be let loose, all whilst being totally controlled by a band who knew exactly what they were doing. This juxtaposition of the feral and the crafted in their performance was such a fine balance that it equally thrilled and amazed, the adrenaline rush of being strapped into a turbocharged supercar driven by a Nascar champion.

‘Don’t Be Scared’ was a blistering display of heavy blues and saw Nichols flicking his guitar lead to slam and dance across the strings as he played the solo. This wasn’t the only extraordinary thing that struck about the performance as it was impossible not to marvel at how he played with such dexterity and heaviness without a pick, his right hand wrenching and dancing on the frets bereft of a plectrum to take the strain across the tight wound steel strings of his beloved Les Paul. The funky ‘Honey Forgive Me’ dripped with a raw passion and ‘End of Time’ rode along with a loping rhythm whilst conjuring a sound that brought to mind something akin to Jimi Hendrix jamming with Led Zeppelin.

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The heads-down boogie of ‘Baby Can You Feel It’ really swung as bass player Ronnie Elvis James and drummer Dennis Holms were watertight, James a study in trucker cool whilst Holms was a mass of flying blonde hair. Nichols himself cuts an imposing figure, standing well over six feet tall and all muscles, tattoos and hair and it’s one of these tattoos that catches the eye: a curled snake on his left arm. Whilst a first glance looking like the one Metallica had on the cover of the ‘Black Album’, this was actually part of the Gadsden Flag, depicting a coiled rattlesnake ready to strike and such it was with the jabs and controlled ferocity of his playing on new single ‘Nails in the Coffin’. The track opened to the sound of rolling thunder and rain and continued in this vein, a brooding and atmospheric track full of dread and dark power, providing an appetite whetting taster of things to come.

‘Hardwired’ may have shared a title with the San Francisco thrash giants but this was purely titular as the track came over as the love child of Whitesnake and Ted Nugent, all lascivious guitar work and macho strutting but none the worse for either. Closing the set was a staggering cover of Mountain’s classic ‘Mississippi Queen’, replete with the greatest cowbell playing in rock outside of ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ and a freshness that captured the vitality of the original but turned up several notches. Closing with such a well-known and much-loved song was a gamble but the fact that their own material can stand shoulder to shoulder and not feel out of place with it speaks volumes. The future, seemingly, belongs to him. All hail the new King of Blues Rock.

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols/

https://www.instagram.com/jaredjamesnichols/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzbfeZRfm79klg5WCSlUWXw

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EMQ’s with Cold Black River

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EMQ’s with Cold Black River

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Madison, WI Swamp Rock/Metal band Cold Black River. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Cold Black River! We play swamp rock; heavy on blues, grunge and doom. We started in ’13, building on straight-forward rock tunes then adding our influences.

How did you come up with your band name?

We started as Wicked Tree, but changed our minds after finding another ‘wicked’ band in Milwaukee. We had to dig to find a band name that hadn’t been used. We threw around a lot of descriptive words that could describe the sound we were going for. We finally settled on Cold Black River – which fits the sound perfectly.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

The United States! Wisconsin has a vibrant metal scene. Tons of talented bands of varying taste. Very supportive!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

“Tales Of Death & The Devil” – 2019 CD Release – full length album featuring the songs ‘Keep Rollin’ and ‘Oh My Goddess’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Clutch, Sabbath, Alice In Chains, ZZ Top, Tom Waits!

What first got you into music?

Eric: Listening to outlaw country with my mom growing up in the Ozarks. Eventually you search for your own music which led me to metal and punk.

Aaron: Listening to albums with my Dad as a kid.

Jeremy: My parents record collection and relatives who were also musicians.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Eric: Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, John Paul Jones, Clutch.

Aaron: Queens Of The Stone Age, Red Fang, The Sword.

Jeremy: Clutch, Queens Of The Stone Age.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Roadburn Festival, NL – always so many good bands, and who wouldn’t want to go (back) to NL?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A dear friend recently carved and artistically burned a skull out of a piece of wood with Cold Black River engraved underneath. Pretty cool; also weird.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Enjoy every moment of every show. You never know when it’ll be your last.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Lenny Bruce. He was a rock star. I would love to hear his take on the world today.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

A) Spending time with like-minded people; Performing, writing, and recording.
B) People with poor attitudes; haters, “critics”, bands that are disrespectful.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Eliminate the “music industry”. By now, we’ve proven we don’t need them. DIY all the way!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Eric: “The End of Silence” – Rollins Band – It just hit me at a particular time in my life. I still listen to it. Second and third are The Heavy Metal soundtrack, and “Live After Death” – Iron Maiden.

Aaron: Tool “Ænima”. I could listen to that Album anytime.

Jeremy: Clutch – “Blast Tyrant”. I’ve been listening to that one again. Great all the way through!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Really depends; there’s an audience for all of them. I personally love vinyl; it’s just so expensive to produce for bands like us. Otherwise, CD’s!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Those gigs where, before you play, no one knows who the hell you are, but once you’ve played, you’ve really connected with the audience. It’s also great to perform somewhere where you find people actually singing along. That still blows my mind.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Creating something. I still draw, write, and do design work. There’s always something going on. That being said, I cannot imagine a life without music. It’s always been around.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

David Lynch, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Stephen King, Neil Fallon.

What’s next for the band?

Flesh out the rest of the year with as many gigs as possible performing the new album for as many people as possible. Try to play gigs where we haven’t yet, make new friends and fans.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Nearly all of them.
Start with our website www.coldblackriver.com and you can’t go wrong.
Otherwise, head straight to our bandcamp page www.coldblackriver.bandcamp.com

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Be sure to check us out on all social media, keep up with our schedule, and hopefully we’ll be in a town near you very soon! Thanks for the interview!

 

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Rebecca Downes – The Met Lounge, Peterborough – 29/03/2019

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Rebecca Downes
The Met Lounge, Peterborough
29/03/2019
Review by Paul Monkhouse

Many bands have turned to acoustic sets in the past but very few as well as the Quireboys, a band with the charisma and material to make it really work for them. When this is perfectly teamed with an opening slot by the brilliant Rebecca Downes it proves to be an evening when all you can do is be swept away by the music.

Having toured regularly up and down the length and breadth of the country with her full band playing support to bands such as Magnum, tonight sees her shorn of her full band but joined by partner in crime guitarist and vocalist Steve Birkett. The duo fill the sound with ease and you can’t help but warm instantly to Downes, her great humour and down to earth personality shine, displaying not a shred of over inflated ego. ‘Take Me Higher’ is an excellent showcase for her soulful vocals and really got the attention of all there. As has been proven many times before, huge talent isn’t always enough but needs to be matched with great quality material to really highlight the artist. The songwriting team of Downes and Birkett have that by the bucketload. Next song ‘It’s Not Easy’ is a prime example of this as it twists and turns in unexpected directions whilst the stripped-down acoustic arrangement really lets the vocals shine.

Refreshingly, Birkett doesn’t just play second fiddle to the singer as the two are evenly matched in musical chops and it comes over as a perfect partnership. There is a genuine warmth exuding from them and when showcased in such great fare as the sparkling ‘Waving Goodbye’ it’s pretty unbeatable. The richness of the voices glides perfectly over a hooky chorus, as the track has a classic, almost pop, soulful tone. It would have been difficult to follow that gem but the Radio 2 playlisted ‘Sailing on a Pool of Tears’ ups the ante even more. A big, spellbinding ballad, it contains elements of chilled flamenco and is both instantly catchy and heartrending.

The pace changes with ‘1000 Years’, an upbeat blues number with a truly cocky strut that easily dispels the narrow view that the blues is solely downbeat tales of suffering. The short set finishes with the title track from last album ‘Believe’, another forceful wake up call that is both defiant and life affirming. Featuring an acoustic breakdown, its sense of dynamics proving it was the perfect number to finish on. Returning later for an incendiary duet with Spike for the Quireboys encore, Downes was the ideal choice as touring companion for these dates and was clearly having a ball on the road with a band she’s long been an admirer of. With her expressive Midlands accent she doesn’t sound like one of the Windsors in conversation but, make no mistake, when she sings Rebecca Downes is UK Blues royalty. If you want to know the roots of hard rock and metal, get yourself into the blues. You really can’t go wrong with the lethal combination that this partnership offers of filthy barroom rock ‘n’ roll and soul. Catch them when you can.

LINKS:
https://www.rebeccadownes.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaDownes/

https://www.instagram.com/rebeccadownesuk/

 

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EMQ’s with COLOSSAL STREET JAM

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EMQ’s with COLOSSAL STREET JAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Jersey, US based Rock/Blues band, the brilliant Colossal Street Jam. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Gene Potts and I am the lead vocalist for Colossal Street Jam.
Colossal started in the early 90’s and stayed a band until 95, we disbanded and came back together in 2014 with 2 new members joining myself, Sal Marra on guitar and vocals and Tony Flora on bass, we are the original members.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our name comes from our good friend John DiMaggio (the voice of Bender on Futurama). After seeing us for the first time he said we sounded like “one big colossal street jam”.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from the United States and the metal scene here is huge, we come from the same area as Monster Magnet, Atomic Bitchwax, Overkill and Black Label Society. I am a huge metal fan but our band definitely is not categorized as metal, we an early 70’s Deep Purple, Grand Funk or Bad Company type band.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is “Just Take Hold”. It’s a 5 song EP that came out in late 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Paul Rodgers of Free/Bad Company and my father.

What first got you into music?

My father is a gospel vocalist and listened to all types of music when I was growing up. I found my love for Grand Funk and soul music thru my father’s influence.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

That’s a tough one…Markus King or Allen Stone. If Jeff Buckley was still alive I would definitely say him as well.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

There is so many. I like all the European festivals like Download or Wacken Open Air. HRH in England is awesome as well. I think the European crowds get crazier for live music and rock bands.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A signed picture of them!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Support unsigned music and indie bands. There is great music in your local area, support them, go to their shows, buy their music.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Prince!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the family atmosphere of the musicians I play with, I dislike the way unsigned and indie bands are treated. I run the business for our band and it can be very frustrating dealing with promoters, media, managers and etc who give unsigned bands little respect.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

One thing is tough, there’s so many but I’d say “Pay to Play”.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This may throw you but “Reign in Blood” from Slayer is in my top ten.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Still like Vinyl but Downloads are easier.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We opened for Mark Farner in NYC last year.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I guess what I’m doing during the day, I’m an analyst for a messaging company out of Canada.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mark Farner of Grand Funk, Tom Araya from Slayer, Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Tatiana Shmaylyuk of Jinjer. You can come as well.

What’s next for the band?

European tour May 2nd thru 14th.Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook, Reverbnation, Spotify, iTunes
https://www.facebook.com/colossalstreetjam/
https://www.reverbnation.com/colossalstreetjam
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3YWEklO6bfARaNpO3bcH3G

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them but willing to learn.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you to online mags like yourselves for supporting Indie and unsigned bands.
Support your local musicians they are making some of the best music that not everyone is hearing. If you hear of Colossal Street Jam coming to your town please come see us, say hello!

 

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Stew – Hot EP

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Stew – Hot EP
Unsigned
Release Date: 01/06/2018
Running Time: 17:13
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Have you ever had that warm, fuzzy feeling of bliss and contentment when you stick a CD on and straight away it reminds you of times gone past? Yes? Well, that’s exactly the feeling I got when I started playing this new EP from Swedish band Stew. I didn’t really know what to expect as, once again, I hadn’t read the notes that came with the EP, but I was (very) pleasantly surprised.

Stew hail from Lindesberg / Ӧrebro in Sweden, forming in early 2017 and are made up of the power trio of Markus Asland on bass and vocals, Nicklas Jansson on guitar and Nicklas Dahlgren on drums. The music they play is a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, heavily influenced by the late 60’s and 70’s era.

The bands notes state that they play a “gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspirations” and they are not wrong! You could almost have been transported back four decades as soon as this EP kicks in with the track ‘Might Be Keeping You’, which, by the way was picked for Classic Rock Magazine’s Best Of The Year in 2018!!

And Classic Rock, themselves, couldn’t have summed it up any better if they had tried; “spewing embers of psychedelic wonder, Stew emerged from Sweden this year with an album so far out that half of us still haven’t come back. This track is a highlight, a deep, rumbling ode to the days when metal was acid-rock and life was consistently wild.”

With groovy riffs, strong vocals (love this guy’s voice!) and swinging drums this is classic yet with a modern twist. With a little bit of blues, a little bit of rock and killer guitars, these guys have nailed the sound of the 60’s / 70’s with true musicianship.

With influences stated by the band including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Free, Deep Purple, Grandfunk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Rory Gallagher and Spooky Tooth, these guys wouldn’t have been out of place at the great Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Despite only being around for just about two years, this band sounds like it is a seasoned veteran of the 60’s and 70’s and have decided to get back together for a reunion tour, playing all their old hits.

I loved this EP from the very moment it started and the only gripe I have with it is that’s it’s just not long enough! Just as I am really getting into it, it finishes. So, my next comment would be, I am REALLY looking forward to an album when one is done. I think that would be on my play list for a very long time to come!

The only other thing I can comment on about this EP and band is the fact that they are unsigned! Why these guys haven’t been snapped up by a record company is beyond me, but I hope they are very soon. With a little bit of support, Stew could really go places!!

TRACKLISTING:
1 Might Be Keeping You
2 If This Will Be
3 Tongue Tied
4 Dig For Gold

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/stewsweden/
https://twitter.com/Stew13434878
https://www.instagram.com/stew_band/
https://stew1.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6gQxEftIRnjg_nxDmThwQ

 

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Black Paisley – Perennials

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Black Paisley – Perennials
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/09/2018
Running Time: 51:12
Review By Chris Galea
8/10

Black Paisley are a Swedish band named after the Fender signature model guitar of Ritchie Sambora in Bon Jovi. And in fact you often hear connections with Bon Jovi throughout this album. Since I’m name-dropping…the lead vocals in “Perennials” sometimes reminded me of James Christian (House Of Lords) and comparisons with Thunder also seem inevitable.

But despite being very song-oriented and mainstream-friendly, “Perennials” is somewhat elusive when one comes to categorise its music and for me this is one of its main attractions. From catchy sing-along choruses to subtle but effective uses of keyboards and onto brilliant uses of choir vocals and Rock songs with punch…there’s more to this album than meets the eye. Then there are a couple of excellent piano-ballads, one of which is ‘Stronger’ – incidentally this is also the album’s strongest track (‘scuse my pun). Melancholy, vitality, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, AOR…there really is much to enjoy in this album.

On the other hand, since “Perennials” is very traditional in nature, it’s unlikely to have you gawping in amazement. But then again you never know. Personally, after an overdose of Metal, it feels right to keep testosterone levels in check with something like this.

TRACKLISTING:
1. I Want Your Soul
2. Day By Day
3. Sometimes
4. Mother
5. Miss Me
6. Without You
7. Step Back
8. Trying
9. Out Of My Life
10. Alone
11. Think
12. Stronger

LINE-UP:
Stefan Blomqvist – lead vocal and guitar
Ulf Hedin – guitars
Jan Emanuelsson – bass
Robert Wirensjö – keyboards
Mikael Kerslow – drums and percussion

LINKS:
http://www.blackpaisley.se/
https://www.facebook.com/blackpaisleys/

https://www.instagram.com/blackpaisley_band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4p95d5wKIhEIdPT7acH5dA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CQaSeaKYTI (‘I Want Your Soul’ – Official Video)

 

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Airrace – Untold Stories

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Airrace – Untold Stories
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 10/08/2018
Running Time: 44:04
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Although over the years the band has been active intermittently, the roots of Airrace go back quite a while. The band was formed around 1982 by Laurie Mansworth, former guitarist of More (who incidentally are expected to release a comeback album this year). Airrace was also the first recording band of Jason Bonham, son of John…late Led Zeppelin drummer. Although Jason has long since left Airrace, some elements of Led Zeppelin’s music still find their way into this album. For example the riff from ‘Different But The Same’ is strongly reminiscent of Zep’s ‘Black Dog’.

Pop music, Rock and Blues all blend together with excellent results. ‘Summer Rain’ has some choir vocals that work particularly well with the song. ‘Innocent’ struck me as a song Mr Big might have recorded. ‘Here it Comes’ is an infectious mood-brightener. You get the idea. Sharp musicianship all around but all band members are serving the song…and playing those very songs with a vibrant passion.

So don’t expect originality with “Untold Stories” but do expect finely crafted songs with a plentiful supply of hooks. I’m surprised it took me so long to notice this band.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Running Out Of Time
2. Innocent
3. Eyes Like Ice
4. Different But The Same
5. New Skin
6. Lost
7. Love Is Love
8. Men From The Boys
9. Summer Rain
10. Come With Us
11. Here It Comes

LINE-UP:
Adam Payne – vocals
Laurie Mansworth – guitar
Rocky Newton – bass
Dhani Mansworth- drums
Linda Kelsey Foster- keys

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Airraceofficial/

https://www.frontiers.shop/search?sSearch=airrace
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrqKcEj9w7E (‘Eyes Like Ice’ – Official Lyric Video)

 

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Bones, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 12/11/2018

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

https://ever-metal.com/2018/11/22/bones-gramercy-theatre-new-york-city-12-11-2018/

Andy Jansons Links
https://andrisjansons.com/
https://www.jmpressphoto.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jansonsofficial
https://www.facebook.com/andy.jansons

https://www.instagram.com/jansons_official/

 

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Bones, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 12/11/2018

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Bones
Gramercy Theatre, New York City, NY
12th November 2018
Review by Andy Jansons

It’s not every night you hear a lady yell at you “get ready to get boned”… but that is exactly what lead singer Rosie Bones, from British born, female duo, rock band Bones declared to the audience right after ‘Happy’, the opening song of their set. She said that shortly after taking a sip from her whiskey flask. What a character!

Bones are currently on tour, supporting American fashion-art rock band Palaye Royale. On November 12th they made a stop, for a sold out show, in New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. Bones started out in London, UK but now call LA their residence!

Bones are stylish, provocative and ultra-talented and although, as of now, they have no record released, they still have a decent amount of songs for a set. Their most popular with the public seemed to be single ‘Beautiful Is Boring’ and the David Bowie cover ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’. Rosie sings with a devilish style, she like toying with the audience while delivering lyrics that give a middle finger to the sky. Carmen Vandenberg is simply amazing on guitar, delivering solos like a seasoned rock star. They incorporate Blues, Alternative & Indie Rock in their style of playing and have defined themselves as ‘Future Rock’. Both ladies have a great chemistry on stage and it’s simply a matter of the time until Bones hit the big time!

Andy Jansons Links
https://andrisjansons.com/
https://www.jmpressphoto.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jansonsofficial
https://www.facebook.com/andy.jansons

https://www.instagram.com/jansons_official/

Bones Links:
https://www.bonesuk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bonesbandbones/

https://www.instagram.com/bonesbandbones/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbh2UMlV0472Y3TqkIBjWxQ

 

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1968 – Ballads of the Godless

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1968 – BALLADS OF THE GODLESS
Release Date: 06/07/2018
Running Time: 38:24
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Sometimes, without warning, it all comes flooding back and I’m thrust into the nightmare of that jungle. Thirty days on patrol with no chopper cover. The heat, unbearable; sweat running in rivers down my spine. Cradling my M16 like a good luck charm, praying under my breath that there ain’t no VC gonna unload a torrent of lead at me and my buddies. Trudging on, hour after hour, waiting to get back to the LZ for evac. Chukka-chukka-chukka, the Hueys overhead and the rush of wind from the blades.
Maybe these guys from 1968 were in Nam too. Maybe this debut album, “Ballads of the Godless” is actually a lost relic from those days that’s just been unearthed. Maybe 1968 invented heavy, psychedelic rock after hearing Hendrix and Cream and some of those old blues guys. Certainly seems crazy enough to be true.

Opening with “Devilswine”, 1968 lay out their ground plan confidently. It’s a mighty power groove that makes your head nod, setting the tone for the whole album. “Screaming Sun” follows and adds a more psychedelic shine, Jimi Coppack’s vocals soaring while the riffs hammer. “Temple of the Acid Wolf” adds further intricate detail, with shades of vintage Soundgarden. 1968 set about laying waste to all in its sights like Ozzy manning the Air Cav machine gun on a strafing run.

It’s not all Ride of the Valkyries mayhem however. Last track on Side 1 (vinyl lovers!), “S.J.D.” is an instrumental that provides a more reflective tone. Acoustic guitar and piano feature, in a stylistically fine salute to the classics of the genre.

This bleeds nicely into Side 2, track 1 – “Chemtrail Blues”, where guitarist Sam Orr gets chance to unleash Hendrixian guitar flourishes over a bluesy beat. It’s like that time me and my buddy chewed acid in a fox hole while under fire. The rocket traces in the sky lit up like God’s neon veins.

“McQueen” opens with some infectious bass, before melting out of a mellow vibe and into a crushing chorus. The bottom end is nice and heavy throughout, The Bear delivering pummelling yet warm playing.

Rhythms are also tight and show a groove more contagious than jungle malaria. Dan Amati on drums shines on “The Hunted” in particular. Final track “Mother of God” brings on a deceptively laid back, acid dripping feel as we finally get some R’n’R in Saigon.

“Ballads of the Godless” reveals more and more depth, thought and intricacy with each listen. On this first album, the band make good on a lifetime studying from the past masters. My only question is how will 1968 continue to evolve and add to their sound? I can’t wait to find out.

For now, it’s back to reality. No more choppers overhead, cries in the jungle and that oppressive, relentless heat. Until I spin “Ballads of the Godless” again…
Tracklist
01 Devilswine
02. Screaming Sun
03. Temple Of The Acidwolf
04. S.J.D.
05. Chemtrail Blues
06 McQueen
07. The Hunted
08. Mother Of God
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