Electric blues bands: New Zealand’s Heart Attack Alley
They deliver a tight blues sound and remember us of tunes we heard more than fifty years ago when electric harmonica-driven blues was new. They also bring us back to the late seventies when Garage punk songs were everywhere. Heart Attack Alley from Auckland New Zealand originated in 2009 in a series of blues jam sessions on Kristal G’s front porch.
Little Walter to The Cramps
Little Walter and garage band the Cramps would be happy to hear these musicians bring the raw and harmonica-based songs to the stage. Not only the blues inspires Heart Attack Alley also punk and garage bands are visible influences of this New Zealand band. The mix of blues and garage sho’ brings some new dimensions to their sound.
Thank the 100 Watt Vipers from Jacksonville, Florida for the Gravel in ya Guts, cause there latest album ‘Cold Sunday Blues’ brings it. These guys make groove Blues inspired heavy Rock with a healthy dose of guitar solo’s, half beat drums and speeching vocals,
Hard Garage / Blues sound
The 100 Watt Vipers were formed in Jacksonville Florida in early 2013, by long time friends Guitarist Paul Joseph,and Drummer/Vocalist DJ Riddick. According to their website bio: The two started Wood shedding in an old tin barn in Jacksonville for months working on songs and to get their sound together . It was either 120 degrees, or freezing cold for months but that’s were it came together and they found thier hard garage/ blues style. The sound developed naturally.
Album release “Cold Sunday Blues’
In early 2016 the 100 Watt Vipers released their full lenght album ‘Cold Sunday Blues’. “He Walks Off So Heavy” kicks off with some raw up lifting guitar. I like the following vocal which complete the headbanging mode you shure gonna reach. “Dirt Road Blues” starts with a similar groove rock beat and tough guitar riff. “Oh Lord I’m Down” contains my favorite guitar riff of this album. “Cold Sunday Blues” Delivers the dose of garage blues You’ve might been waiting for a long time, Guitar rock, grooving drums, raw-edged vocals, the 100 Watt Vipers.
Full of darkness, smoke and whiskey Protopunk-Blues of The Jake Wood
Pack your bags and move fast for the next flight to Russia cause in a couple of days you will be able to see the siberian garage-protopunk-blues of Russian band The Jake Wood. This trio is mostly famous by their powerfull and unpredictable live performances. The Jake Wood is a synonymous for rough, full of darkness, smoke and whiskey.
Hailing from Russia since 2011
The Jake Wood brings rhythmic mechanical beats, bluesy guitar riffs and straight forward lyrics. Since their formation in 2011 they released several recordings including two LP’s. “Jake Wood” their first LP recorded in Tomsk was released in December 2012. This album contains songs like “One More New Pleasure”, which is a slow swamp blues kind of song with here and there some psychedelic influences.
Second LP the Jake Wood – DEUS
The second LP Deus was released 2014 October. Song like “Back tonight” start with a blues feeling groove. Especially the guitar riff brings that rhytmic blues feeling I like. Later this song turns into the protopunk trademark style of The Jake Wood. You hear this through everything, including the wildromance vocals.
Conquering stages around the world
Over the years this trio conquered stages around the world including The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Cinema for peace (Berlin) and the most popular festivals of Russia. Also, The Jack Wood have collaborated with famous musicians like Richard Hell, Lenny Kaye, Mark Ribot, Nick Zinner, Pussy Riot and Le Tigre in New York.
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Powerful Trash Blues provided by The Pignose Willy’s
The Trash Bluesman of the Pignose Willy’s turn your local bar or festival into a chaotic rage of blues. These guys are foot stomping, electric and their music is fast as lightning.
Comprised of Joost Varkenvisser behind the wheel and doing heavy time on the vocals, electric guitar, kick drum, shaking and kicking everything one man with four limbs possibly can. The lookout man, Pieter Kamp on the roaring whore of the electric distortion blues harmonica. Live on stage these guys are a whole lot of an experience!
Who Do You Love It is the perfect fuel for an old hotrod heading for the Delta. ‘Hoodoo Jungle Blues’ brings some of the heaviest harmonica, electric guitars and raw-edged vocals. But above all this song grooves, stomps and makes you go craaazy. In ‘Green Bottle’ You will experience the same groove but gives you time to take a small breathe.
‘Fuzzbone Slim’ brings your hotrod closer to the swamps and is as close as the Pignose Willy’s can come to a slow blues song. The screaming harmonica tune digs deep into your bones and is a good reason to listen ‘Fuzzbone Slim’ over and over again.
I had a crazy experience listening to this duo from Holland. The Pignose Willy’s machine guarantees some of the heaviest blues on the planet and Will make you stomp a cowboy boot apart. enjoy your Journey!
“Up your ass craaaazy’ boogie blues burners, with Storming Rhythms and Hoodoo shouting jungle noise vocals! That’s the low down beautifully paced and finely constructed swooning trash sound of The Pignose Willy’s.”