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Todd Morse – My Shoes: The Blues Rock Track to Shake the Cobwebs Off Your Soul

LA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Todd Morse has recently released their debut 2019 album “Late Bloomer”. And after 20 years of homing in on his craft performing with of Juliette and the Licks and the Offspring you’re more than entitled to have plenty of expectation when you hit play on this album. But Todd Morse certainly doesn’t disappoint especially with their standout single “My Shoes”.

While each of the 13 tracks is swimming in infectiously uplifting energy wrapped up in well-matured talent, My Shoes possesses an ethereally arrestive propensity right from the prelude. You can sense the life seeping from the notes, and the high-octane passion which is potent enough to shake the cobwebs off your soul. As if that wasn’t enough, Todd Morse has also proven with his angularly absorbing riffs that if anyone is taking names for contemporary guitar heroes, he should definitely be counted.

Todd Morse has used his album to show that age is irrelevant when it comes to artistic expression; which I commonly argue using the National as an example, but my argument has never been stronger thanks to tracks such as My Shoes.

While Todd Morse has more than done his dues in the music industry with major artists, it would have been criminal if his album which uses influence from the likes of Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Clash were never recorded. His talent as a songwriter almost transcends his vibrant vocal dynamic and fretboard mastery.

You can check out Todd Morse’s track My Shoes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Whitebeard – Bent Out of Shape: Roots of Authentic Blues Wrapped Up in an Alt Rock Arrestive Arrangement

If it’s been a while since you hit play on an authentically immersive Blues Rock track, Whitebeard’s single “Bent Out of Shape” is the perfect reintroduction to the ambience of the melodies combined with the emotivity of the lyricism.

Bent Out of Shape was just one of the singles found on the Canadian up and coming artist’s latest album “Plaid is the New Black”.

Even though there may be plenty of artists still playing plenty of odes to the roots of blues with their archaic takes on sound, the overwhelming amount of vocal harmony combines with the intricacy of the guitar progressions until you’re left with a mesmeric hit of aural synergy.

You can check out Bent Out of Shape along with the rest of the album by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Audrey – She Says: Rhythmically Swampy Blues Rock

The nostalgia-inducing rhythm of Blues will never go out of style, which is why it’s always a pleasure to introduce a promising up and coming swampy Blues collective. Audrey have recently released their debut single and music video ‘She Says’, and whatever preconceptions you have when it comes to Blues, throw them out of the window right now. Audrey have polished the perpetually cathartic soundscape with their sultry style and Indie edge which comes with a subtle psychedelic kick. The fact that in the video the drummer is wearing a Libertines t-shirt speaks volumes, yet, it’s the vocals which set Audrey apart from past and contemporary artists alike. The vocals are stripped back, and sound infinitely more innocent than you’d ever come to expect from the genre, there’s a hint of vulnerability which encompasses ‘She Says’ and amplifies the resonance of the track.

You can check out the official music video to Audrey’s latest single She Says for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast




The Counterfeit Bills – Matthew McConaughey: The Authentic Alchemy of Blues Rock

The Counterfeit Bills have recently released their debut album ‘Average’, contained on that album was the single that stole my attention immediately. First of all, who can resist a track titled Matthew McConaughey. I mean, the mere mention of the man’s name fills you with mystery in wonder. Which is exactly the kind of open mind you want to keep when checking out the Counterfeit Bills, their authentically organic style came alive through a traditional acoustic instrumental progression. The deftly yet dulcetly played instruments were accompanied by Bluesy Folk Americana vocals which were captivatingly sweet. The repetition of ‘we’ll be alright’ around the up-vibe pops and jaunts of the sonically amplified guitar was actually pretty convincing to the point of resonance. Although, the track didn’t seem to have an awful lot to do with Matthew McConaughey which was somewhat disappointing.

You can check out the Counterfeit Bills single Matthew McConaughey by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Evert Outen – Excuses: Soul-Driven Blues Rock

When a Blues Rock artist puts together a timeless sound which still carries an overwhelming amount of organic essence it’s hard not to fall a little in love.

With instrumentals which wouldn’t be out of place in a Doors track Evert Outen’s latest single Excuses unfold as a sensual, soul-driven Rock anthem. The Bluesy riffs are almost hypnotic with the perfect hint of psychedelia, yet, it was the up and coming recording artist’s vocals which really won me over. Recreating that nostalgically beautiful sound instrumentally is one thing, but the raw passion behind the vocals isn’t something that you hear every day. When the momentum to Excuses picks up instrumentally you can be sure that Evert Outen’s vocals do too, all sense of restraint slips away, and you’re treated to unadulterated visceral offering of pure emotion.

Excuses is quite the mix up from his earlier releases such as Distraction, it’s safe to say Evert has found his signature sound with Excuses.

You can check out Evert Outen’s latest single Excuses for yourself now by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Theory – River: Organically Americana-Inspired Blues Rock

River is just one of the sensational tracks from the debut EP of Northern California Alt Indie Rock artists the Theory. Their Americana Blues-inspired rhythms won’t fail to leave you in a state of cathartic aural appreciation as you listen to their unadulterated, organic soundscapes unravel.

Whilst the instrumentals to River may not be high-octane, the emotion on offer from the vocals and the lyrics most certainly is. There was a sultry, swampy, bluesy tone to River both instrumentally and vocally that didn’t fail to resonate, as for the chorus- if you find a way to get that out of your head, please let me know how. The rolling rhythms are just the cherry on the cake when it comes the Theory’s acoustically angelic style of nostalgia.

The powerhouse of artists are set on revitalising the essence and foundation of music, I’d say after listening to River that the mission is already accomplished. I’d love to see what else they can achieve following the debut of this timelessly golden classic.

You can check out the Theory’s latest single along with the rest of their 2018 EP ‘Before I Begin’ by heading over to Spotify now, and yes, each track is as stunning as River.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Nathan Degner’s New Dream Of Blues

You have to be a bit wary of any song which opens with the line “woke up this morning…” isn’t it every bit as overdone as a pop song starting with “hey, come on” or a rap record telling you that the artist in question is indeed in the house. Well, in the case of Gavin’s Dreamland you have nothing to worry about as there is nothing cliched going on here.

Nathan Degner blends slick bluesy licks with a swaggering, funky groove to create a mid paced number that tips its hat to the heroes of the past whilst looking to move the genre onwards into a more modern age. Blues and blues rock has for far too long been the playground of indulgent axe heroes showboating their way through songs, what the genre needs is a more grounded sound, a more honest sound and more widely accessible sound and that is exactly what Degner delivers with Gavin’s Dream. Throw in its sonic accompaniment, a slinky little song called Willow Tree which mixes in some dark Doorsian vibes and you have the sound of electric blues being refreshed.

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The Big Gun Show – Let it Shine: Anthemically Infectious Psychedelic Blues Rock

Whilst I’m not a massive fan of guns. The Big Gun Show is an America Blues Rock band that I can make no bones about saying they blew me away. I’m a suffer for a soaring guitar riff and some grittily Soulful lyrics to complete the sound. The rhythmic psychedelic edge to the track almost pertains a resonance to other Psychedelic bands such as The Beatles.  Yet the Big Gun Show are more than just an assimilation of nostalgic sound, they’ve mixed their penchant with the iconic with their eagerness to swim in the contemporary tides of sound to create truly spectacular Country Rock. Yet, I can’t help but feel that The Big Gun Show is too abrasive of a name for such a cuddly Rock sound. The band have all the raucous edge of the genre, at the same time as being ethereally uplifting.

You can check out Let it Shine on The Big Gun Show’s official website. The band will be taking their debut album on tour all across Texas for all you lucky Texan Blues Rock Aficionados!

Review by Amelia Vandergast.


Matthew Hansen – Forget Your Name: Blues Rock That Will Steal Part of Your Soul Before the Second Verse

With this track Matthew Hansen encapsulated the same kind of electricity as exuded by acts such as Franz Ferdinand and that’s a pretty rare feat. God knows many Rock acts have tried and failed. But his palpable, almost God-like aural alchemy will have you hooked on his sound before you even get to the second verse.

Mid way through the track, it breaks down under the funk addled bass line and layers upon layers of raucously orchestrated cacophonic sound. Forget Your Name is an offering of pure Rock bliss that any self-respecting audiophile will love, it’s even home to some of the dirtiest riffs and organ playing I’ve heard outside of a Jim Jones Revue track.

To say I’m now a little besotted with Oakland based artist Hansen would be a bit of an understatement. Get on the hype, and check out his stunning track Forget Your Name on SoundCloud using the link below:

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SCAR – I Walk Alone: An Assault of Experimental Blues Rock

Fans of Grandaddy, Yuck, Big Thief & Hidden Charms will adore SCAR’s debut track I Walk Alone. Their experimental riff drenched sound, is definitely not to be missed. SCAR is one of the most influential independent musicians on the scene today, the Italian songwriter, guitarist and vocalists heavy hard rock sound is a stampede of rhythmic fury.

I Walk Alone was originally released in May 2016 but it’s quiescent blues aren’t to be forgotten. Instrumentally the sound is as perfect it comes, which you’d expect from any self-respecting Rock outfit. You can hear the funk riddled bassline echoing against the guitar that pleasantly, sporadically bursts into sonorous solos. The cherry on the cake lies in SCAR’s vocal ability which resonates with a raucous edge, resonant of Rock legends Buck Cherry & Alice Cooper. I Walk Alone is the title track from his debut album which you can download here:

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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