Artist: Swanee River
the band like The Answer and Rival Sons bringing back the big licked
filled, blues driven, hard rock, it gives me great pleasure in
introducing more of the same with Ireland's Swanee River.
band consisting of Steven Horner (Vocals), Graham Baldrick
(Guitar), Michael McCafferty (Bass) and Fionnbharr Ó HÁgain (Drums), formed
in 2005 and have already released one EP and one full-length
album. Now the band have more recently been signed to Rocksector
Records for album number two.
it’s the debut full-length album entitled 'Smoking Jacket' that is
the focus of this review. The album is pure kick-ass blues rock of
the highest order. A bold statement I hear you say, but when hear
the album opener ‘Young Blood’, you’ll know what I’m talking
about. This straight up riff filled rocker has that Bon Scott era
AC/DC about it, with just a touch of Swiss rockers Krokus thrown in for
same old school rocking vibe is continued with the thumping bass pumping
‘Gypsy Promise’ and the storming ‘Bouncy Castles’.
it's not all big licks as the guys do have mellower side and this in
brought to the forefront with the great Southern Blues feel of ‘Blue
Moon Rising’, with its almost Lynard Skynard / Zeppelin cross over
big blues sound is continued with a little hard rock edge, with the
tremendous ‘Flowers Powers’ and the almost psychedelic undertones of
of the strongest tracks off the album has to be the stunning ‘Don’t
Follow Me’, again brining in a little Southern Blues mix which drives
this one forward. Very much in the vein of the Black Crowes debut
The tempo is picked up once more with the riff laden ‘Rollin’ and the excellent title track ‘Smoking Jacket’, before the album closes on a high with ‘Long One Tonight’, which wraps up a great album. I for one can't wait for album number two. The blues rock is back and back to stay, so throw off the shackles of modern life and put on your 'Smoking Jacket' and melt away your worries and take a trip down the Swanee River.
1. Young Blood
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