Hailing from Ontario, the band’s focal point is ex-truck driver and bartender Lori Paradis, a flame-haired vocal powerhouse and electric washboard player (!) whose voice will knock you flat at 20 paces. “Talking Loud” is an attention-getting debut record overflowing with blues-boogie and soul goodness. – I94 BAR REVIEW HERE
We like to think we know a superb record when we hear it, and in “Talking Loud” we have just heard one. – READ THE MAXIMUM VOLUME REVIEW HERE
Blues-rock trio Radio Moscow blends two of their tunes together in this cut from their upcoming live album, Live! In California. The band has made its name on the touring circuit, bringing the lineage of the power trio around the world, so it makes sense that their live album displays the band at full strength, featuring them at their psychedelic, groovy best. – Chris Steffen / ALL MUSIC SITE HERE
When you visit the Sulfur City website, you will see the headline “Grunge Gospel Punk Blues Stomp Dance Scream”. Can it really be all of those styles? Amazingly the answer is yes. It is all of those things mixed together in a wonderful musical stew. – READ THE REVIEW HERE
Where’s me washboard? A star is born.
Fronted by electric washboard-toting powerhouse Lori Paradis, Ontario band Sulfur City have unleashed a speaker-shredding blues-rock tornado with Talking Loud, which sits beautifully with labelmates the Black Keys but also harbours an intoxicating, multi-hued diversity.
Former truck driver Paradis towers throughout, evoking Joplin, Slick and even Patti Smith on full-tilt blasters such as Whispers and Raise The Hammer; early 70s-style conscious blues-rock on War Going On; and shining on moody, swirling psych ballad One Day In June.
The band’s raging but luminescent dynamic, vividly captured by producer Dale Morningstar, gains extra depth through Keith Breit’s keyboards. In the words of an old jazz correspondent, this band “slices so much ass the room is waist-deep in ass”. We say a new star has come among us. – Kris Needs / CLASSIC ROCK
“Joan Jett said, ‘Rock and roll is political, it is a meaningful way to express descent, stir up the status quo, stir up revolution and fight for human rights.’ The song ‘War Going On’ is just that, calling out the War on humanity that’s hidden in shiny, glittery advertisements telling us what we need: to buy more, to own more, to feel a certain way, to look a certain way, to speak and even dream a certain way. We have lost our identity to a corporate makeover. We are fighting a war we don’t even know we are fighting.” – Lori Paradis
On stage with Sulfur City, the vocalist, whose style has drawn comparisons to that of such female rock luminaries as Patti Smith and Janis Joplin, is in her natural habitat leading her four male bandmates, clutching a microphone, belting out the band’s signature blues-rock sound while often brandishing an electric washboard aptly christened Woogie Board.
Away from the spotlight, Paradis is equally in the forefront, handling everything from the Sudbury-born band’s public relations to nailing down studio time to record the soon-to-be-released album, Talking Loud.
“When it comes to moving the band forward, I am the one that does it,” Paradis told The Sault Star in an interview this week from Sudbury. “I don’t know if it is because I’m the front person or I’m just that type of person that happens to be aggressive that way and wants to move forward. The whole idea is, if I don’t do it, who is going to it? So I might as well do it.” – Jeffrey Ougler READ THE INTERVIEW HERE