Reviews roundup – Kitchen Witch vs. Debra D’Lane vs. Billy the Kid & The Regulators vs. The Evening Shades vs. Luke Gasser
Hello now! This is a bit useful. Female fronted stoner blues rock from the mythical continent of Australasia. I’ll have some of that there kjøkken heks.
I’m a sucker for this retro, early seventies blues rock thing, and there are plenty of riffs and grooves in this EP to keep my loon pants very happy indeed. It’s all topped off with the howling vocals of Georgie Casson, while the band rattle and thump to great effect.
The opening ‘Trouble’ is the highlight, but with ‘Out Of Your Head’ and ‘Just For One Day’ running it a close second, it’s an EP chock full of great ingredients.
Covered In Dirt
Time for some rather nice pop country now, courtesy of Debra D’Lane.
Apparently she used to do this singing lark years ago before a variety of children got in the way. But now she’s finally getting back to performing, and it’s a really enjoyable release. She’s managed to lay her hands on some radio friendly songs, and with a warm production, it makes for an easy on the ears EP.
Any one of the songs is worth a play, if you like your country music to have an eighties hue to it, with ‘One And Only’ and ‘Memphis Without the Blues’ currently top of my pops.
BILLY THE KID and the REGULATORS
I Can’t Change
Time for some mighty fine rockin’ blues, straight out of Pittsburgh, courtesy of Billy The Kid & The Regulators. And they’re cooking with gas on this excellent album.
It’s hard driving blues rock, with a healthy side portion of Chicago blues, and on the mainly self penned material, Billy Evanochko show us what a good time can be had by all. When it’s not Chicago, they turn their hands to some funk, with an excellent ballad in the shape of ‘What Are We Fighting’.
The best of the blues numbers, for me is ‘Who’, which gets almost Allmans in places, and as a Jimmy Reed devotee, their take on ‘Can’t Stand To See You Go’ was a pleasure. There is some great slide work, good harmonies and an all round top quality band performance.
They finish up with a run through of Robert Johnson’s ‘Me And The Devil Blues’, which makes a great ending to a very good album.
THE EVENING SHADES
Time for some indie rock out of Oregon, and even if this probably my least favourite style of music, I do know a good band when I hear one. And The Evening Shades certainly seem to know what they’re doing.
it may be the slightly punky edge to some of the songs which lift them above the morass but songs like ‘Any Louder’, ‘Forgive Me’ and ‘Lonesome Seas’ have more life about them than most of their contemporaries.
People have said that they take their cues from bands like The Strokes, Muse and Blink 182, and it’s that conglomeration of influences that make them listenable. Apparently the original recordings for this album were lost to a power outage, and the retakes were largely down live to tape. Maybe that’s what gives it life. But as indie goes, this is the good stuff.
When he’s not busy making films, Luke Gasser likes nothing better than to crank up his guitar and record an album of rough and ready seventies styled rock, with a few nods to the greats like AC/DC and Nazareth.
It’s full of the hard driving rhythms that fans of the above bands will recognise, with just a wee hint of the punkier attitude of early Motorhead. If you’ve heard anything from his last two release, “Retribution” and “Flicker” then you’ll be glad to know that this follows on from where they left off.
The basic tracks were all recorded live, which suits the material well, especially on the title track, ‘Journeyman’, and a storming cover of ‘Baby, Please Don´t Go’, a tune he’s always played live, and now has committed to vinyl. An excellent slab of dirty rock.