Blues Pills — Blues Pills
(Nuclear Blast 3191-0, 2014, CD+DVD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-03-27Like a trip back in time, Blues Pills plays hard edged blues rock of the highest calibre, just like it’s 1969 all over again. At the center of this international band based in Sweden is singer Elin Larsson, belting it out with guts, power and force, reminiscent of some of the great female vocalists of yesteryear – Lydia Pense of Cold Blood comes to mind, with a bit of Janis and Aretha thrown in for good measure, but the three players backing Larsson are generally more of a hard rock unit than the funky soul sound of Cold Blood, although they do explore that darker bluesy rock territory capably on several of the album’s ten tracks, often reminiscent of Big Brother in their prime. That would include bassist Zack Anderson, guitarist Dorian Sorriaux and drummer Cory Berry, who would make a mighty formidable trio even without Larsson. One of those intense blues numbers is closer “Little Sun,” where Larsson gives it her all, even singing some harmony parts. But more often the band will be ripping through hard edged rock numbers like opener “High Class Woman” or “Devil Man,” the latter being Larsson’s signature tune – or the upbeat “Gypsy,” where the band grooves like a runaway train about to jump the tracks. And there’s no metal to be found here anywhere, this is more like a trip in the wayback machine before metal ever existed. And if the ten tracks of the CD aren’t enough, a bonus DVD is included of the band’s performance at the Hammer of Doom festival in 2013, including seven songs, three of which are exclusive to the DVD, plus an interview. If one likes the bluesy rock of the late sixties, this is your ticket back.
Related artist(s): Blues Pills
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more