East Los Angeles-based, garage rock foursome the Bloodhounds strike up a storm on their blues-belching debut, Let Loose! Through a dozen tracks, which total 42 minutes, the band blends a morsel of punk, heaps of hard R&B, electric blues and garage rock influences into a potent mix, brimming over with hard-riffing guitars, rambunctious rhythms and stripped-down bravado.
The harmonica-enriched “Wild Little Rider” and the Stones-meets-Jonathan Richman “Crackin’ Up” reconnect with the high-octane, garage-soul of antecedents such as Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Kingsmen and other, likeminded groups.
The Chicago electric blues scene is an obvious inspiration for “The Wolf,” a lo-fi cut, which notably nods to Howlin’ Wolf, particularly with its shuffling beat, steely slide guitar and lyrics about the title character’s nocturnal rambling.
The Bloodhound’s initial single, the psych-rocker “Try a Little Reefer,” echoes another L.A. outfit, the Seeds, with an account about a young man’s initiation into illicit recreational drug use.
The Bloodhounds are also known to do a bit of sidewalk busking, and that side of their sound is at the forefront of folk-tinged, jug band replications that include “Olderbudwiser,” the cautionary tale about the dangers of drinking, and “Dusty Bibles and Silver Spoons,” a sobering story about one man’s drug abuse and loss of faith. These two songs have a swinging attitude but somber undertones that perfectly capture the Bloodhounds’ philosophy: party up, but keep your head clear. – Doug Simpson
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By Chris Steffen
With their bright, room-filling sound, Los Angeles rock band Prima Donna’s pairing with previous tour mates Green Day and Adam Ant makes a lot of sense. “Pretty Little Head” is from the band’s forthcoming album, Nine Lives and Forty Fives, which will be out in January on Alive Naturalsound Records, and combines the band’s glam-rock leanings with a wild guitar solo and a wordless hook. For further proof of their careening, don’t-give-a-damn energy, frontman Kevin Preston also plays guitar in raucous garage band and Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs.
Nine Lives and Forty Fives will be out on January 27.
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SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES DECEMBER 2014
Dec 5 @ Groove Pub – Uberlandia, BRASIL
Dec 6 @ Goiania Noise Festival – Goiania, BRASIL
Dec 7 @ Pub Handte – Panambi, BRASIL
Dec 11 @ Lechiguana – Gravataí, BRASIL
Dec 12 @ Inferno Club – São Paulo, BRASIL
Dec 13 @ Lapa Café – Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL
Dec 14 @ Gypsy Bar – Petrópolis, BRASIL
Dec 16 @ TBA – Santiago, CHILE
Dec 17 @ Bluzz Live – Montevideo, URUGUAY
Dec 18 @ TBA – Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Dec 19 @ TBA – Córdoba, ARGENTINA
Fantastic blues/soul rock on second album from Buffalo, New York-based group, Handsome Jack
Produced by Zachary Gabbard of the Buffalo Killers, “Do What Comes Naturally” is the latest offering from Handsome Jack and features Bob Nave (of the legendary Lemon Pipers) on hammond organ. Packaged in a beautiful double album type card CD case with retro photos by Natalie Solotes, it impeccably meanders through deep dark mid-tempo boogies, smoky upbeat burners, and soulful feel-good rockers with a serious swagger.
The vocals on here remind me of 60’s R&B maestro A.C.Reed during his period recording for Nike Recordings. Couple that with some wonderful Muscle Shoals type Hammond from Nave, and it is a proper foot-tapper from start to finish. Highlights come thick and fast, but include the harmonica-led ‘Creepin’ and the Stax/Volt-influenced ‘Between the Lines’. Taking the simple line of “You and me”, it gets right down to basics and proves that you really don’t have to venture far to find the groove in this package – it is in every track.
Soulful stirrings then from Handsome Jack, which are guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Marvellous!
Read the whole review on the Pennyblackmusic site