21 October 2013
If you’re reminiscing and moaning of the days when the majority of contemporary hard rock didn’t sound like a Led Zeppelin rip-off band, here’s a little EP to jolt your faith back in place. Blues Pills are to release their first piece of recorded work since signing to Nuclear Blast, and trust me, you’re going to want this mere four-track EP. It’s going to carry your mind and soul out of the haze and into a high of a new musical experience.
Fronted by Swedish soul-saviour, Elin Larsson, her voice is a powerful mix of Janis Joplin meets Aretha Franklin. Larsson isn’t coy to show off her compelling chords as the EP starts off with a 45 -second vocal solo in ‘Devil Man’ that’ll send you to the front row pew of a New Orleans gospel church. Larsson’s got a hell of a backbone for a band behind her, the newest and youngest of which is guitarist Dorian Sorriaux who’s playing is heavily 70s-influenced but has hint of Jimi Hendrix and even Joe Satriani in there at times (listen to ‘Time Is Now’). Drummer Cory Berry carefully masters the hard hitting edge of their rockier side but also has a feather touch dynamic during their softer songs like ‘Dig In’.
Both Larsson and bassist Zack Anderson predominantly write most of the lyrics that in theme and aesthetics complement the soul and spirit of their ancestors such as Cream and Fleetwood Mac. Musically the band has romantically blended blues with hard rock and soul, creating a gripping sound that sometimes even borders on folk during their instrumental break-downs (as you can hear in ‘The River’).
Blues Pills will take you on a journey back in time with their incredible understanding of combining the best of blues, soul and rock. These four young artists have raw talent that channels through their music in a refreshing and imaginative way.
Sounds Like: Fleetwood Mac (in the early 70s), Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin (without ripping them off)
Standout Track: Devil Man