Reviews roundup – Jack Mack vs. Nord vs. Lucas Haneman Express

 
91uf3rld4ql-_sl1425_JACK MACK & The Heart Attack Horns
Soul Shack
independent

In finest where’s Pink style, there is no Jack Mack. Rather it’s Mark Campbell who sings and co-writes the songs. Who he? Well countless millions have heard him sing as he was did the vocals for Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Yes, really.

In his real life Los Angeles based Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns have been blasting out their blues tinged soul revue sounds for over thirty five years now. You might be wondering then why they’re not better known. It’s probably due to the fact that the assorted members are in big demand in the session world and have thousands of credits between them recording, touring and writing for the likes of Rod Stewart, Greg Allman, The Eagles, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Natalie Cole, Bobby Womack, Glenn Frey and many, many more.

But when they get the chance to do their own thing, this is what they do And it’s a real blast. This ten song set sees nine originals which take you back to the soul revues of old, but with a fresh 21st century production. They can swing and groove with the best of them, and the lead triumvirate of Campbell, Bill Bergman and Andrew Kastner have put together a great album, chock full of hot arrangements. It’s a record jam packed full of quality tunes but ‘Somebody To Trust’, ‘Something In The Water ‘ and the funky ‘Bad Habit’ are top of my personal pops right now.

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NORD formed back in 2014 in Odense, Denmark with personnel hailing from Denmark, Faroe Islands and Iceland. Their ain was to play heavy music with a Nordic feeling and I reckon this debut EP sets them well on the way to achieving that.

There are touch of prog metal, goth and ambient in their sound as well and this is the sort of thing that fans of early Anathema and My Dying Bride would be quite at home listening to. The band – Bjarne Brogaard Matthiesen: Vocals, Niels Thybæk-Hansen: Guitar, Thomas Bøgh Jensen: Guitar, Peter Littau: Bass and Magnus Elisson: Drums – put in a strong shift and it’s an EP full of promise.

The strongest songs are up first with “Kill The Marshalls” and the single “Rosehip Garden” dense, riff filled treats. If they can build on this and get on the festival circuit then they could be a band to reckon with.

 
51sovn2bcv3l-_ss500LUCAS HANEMAN EXPRESS
Tearing Up The Rails
independent

They do like the blues over in the Canadian colonies and here’s another fine rockin’ blues offering.

As the name suggests the band is led by Lucas Haneman who takes care of the guitar, vocals and songwriting. Apart from a couple of covers which you wouldn’t really expect. Namely “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf and Bryan Adams’ “Run To You.” Yes, really.

But assisted by Jeff Asselin on drums, Martin Newman on bass and Megan Laurence on vocals and tambourine the makes the songs very much his own. The band veer between straight blues and blues rock with ease with “Blind Man’s Blues” the finest of the former. ANother great Canadian blues band, this one comes highly recommended.

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