Ok, so first things first; yes, this is a cover of Bob Seger’s classic anti-war song, from Seger’s ‘Ramblin, Gamblin Man’ album in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam war and as anti-war sentiment in the US was growing. It’s interesting to see how much, and yet how little, has changed in the intervening 53 years – anti-war feelings still run high, race-related civil rights issues still grace the news seemingly every day, and LGBT rights are still abused and debated daily.
Into that mix comes HEwas, singer, songwriter, activist and LGBT campaigner. Already a ‘million stream’ artist with his first two releases, ‘Lemon’ and ‘WHOLEthing’, which featured Grammy nominee Afroman. Now, with ‘2 + 2 = ?’, HEwas has taken that old Seger classic, with updated instrumentation but no change to the feel and groove of the original, making a perfect homage meets timely update to a pertinent and completely relevant song, to produce an utterly modern take on a song that’s as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.
You can hear ‘2 + 2 = ?’, and the rest of HEwas’ releases, on Spotify, and follow on Instagram.
No Soul Rock & Roll band could claim to be so without having earth shattering guitar riffs and solo’s within their songs. Sunset Rumble certainly do not disappoint with their latest debut track I Wish I Was. They have a dramatic sound, not too dissimilar from Buck Cherry minus the expletives. Their style is charismatically melodic, there’s no harsh drama, just an indulgence in the sweet acoustic sound of Rock combined with ubiquitous soul.
It’s impossible not to be moved by their music, their latest track in particular. Whether you shed a tear, or get high on the taste of illustrative euphoria their sound has definitely found a special place in my heart. Whilst they are influenced by acts such as Bob Seger, South Side Johnny & Bad Company, they take their music in their own direction and their own experiences from growing up in Holland, Michigan, US.
I Wish I was is playful, yet humbling. The talented quartet of musicians each have a myriad of experience and knowledge behind them, which all together provide a seamless sound that you can’t help but get mixed up in.
Check out the highly recommended debut single via Reverb Nation using the link below: