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Dirty. Gritty. Awesome. There may be no words that better describe the rock and roll chaos that is James Leg. Needless to say, we’ve quickly become big fans, so we’re beyond excited to team up with Leg to premiere the brand-new track from his upcoming sophomore solo effort, Below the Belt, today (July 13) — take “Up Above My Head” for a spin in the audio player below.
The new LP was recorded at Johnny Walker’s studio, Masonic Sounds, in Dayton, Ky., and mixed by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. The result is a hard-hitting record that is soaked in garage rock and raw blues; “Up Above My Head” captures those sentiments perfectly.
“‘Up Above My Head,’ a song written by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, was recorded respectfully and true to its roots in a big auditorium with sinners and saints alike lending voices and rhythm,” Leg tells us about the new song. “If it makes noise when it moves, we put a mic on it … the sound of perpetual motion and sanctified fervor.”
Below the Belt marks leg’s second solo album, following his 2011 debut, Solitary Pleasure. The new disc lands on Sept. 4 via Alive Naturalsound Records and is packed with 10 songs that will leave you breathless … and begging for more.
Bohannons | Black Cross Black Shield
BY ANDREW GILSTRAP
Chattanooga, Tennessee’s the Bohannons sound like what you’d get if you blended together Crazy Horse-era Neil Young, R.E.M., Southern rock, 13th Floor Elevators psychedelia, and a little Sabbath-style metal. In short, their sound is formidable, loud, and ferocious without sacrificing clarity or intelligence. Anyone who enjoyed 2012’s impressive Unaka Rising will be glad to know that the Bohannons use that disc as a springboard to this equally ambitious record. Black Cross, Black Shield acknowledges the darkness and hardships of life, but essentially says, “You know what? The best way to celebrate that struggle is as God intended: with slabs of electric guitars.” The album contains no shortage of sickness, death, and darkness, but it never allows itself to get dragged down. From the distorted jangle of “White Widow” to the cinematic openness of “Dias De Los Muertes” to the stomp-and-grind of “Cold Rag”, the Bohannons seem intent on making sure you’ll ponder the meaning that comes along with our mortality, but also that you’ll bang your head and sing along while you do it.
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It’s the brainchild of Dom Mariani (frontman of Australian garage rockers The Stems and Power Popsters DM3) and Greg Hitchcock (former You Am I and one-time New Christs’ guitarist), and they’re new “full-tilt boogie, psych and prog combo calling it Datura4. The result is Demon Blues which drops this week via Alive Naturalsound, and as we at BLURT are huge fans of Mariani and Hitchcock, being able to premiere the album is a no-brainer.
Mariani comments: “Greg and I grew up in the same neighbourhood (just outside of Fremantle), we dug the same records and played together in a few local bands. After a few years where we followed different musical paths, Datura4 came together over a few fun, loose jams with no expectations other than to do a few shows playing the music we love.
“The songs started to come and now we have Demon Blues. It’s another side of what people who’ve followed Greg and I would normally associate us with. It captures the freewheeling nature of the band.”
Mariani and Hitchcock, along with drummer Warren Hall (who previously played with The Drones) and bass player Stu Loasby, they have been steadily building a reputation in their hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia, with their live performances. The band specifically note that they are influenced by early ’70s Australian such as Buffalo, Coloured Balls, The Aztecs and latter era Masters Apprentices. BLURT reviewer Michael Toland enthuses over their “heavy blues-inflected psych rock… the band’s debut wallows in guitars the way a lobbyist rolls in money.”
Incidentally, the psychedelic cover art is by Joshua Marc Levy/Asheville Art Family.
- Out With The Tide
- You Ain’t No Friend Of Mine
- Another Planet
- Journey Home
- Demon Blues
- Pissin’ Up The Wall
- Gravedigger Man
- Love To Burn
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PREMIERE OF HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL’S NEW “TRUE BELIEVERS” VIDEO VIA DIFFUSER.FM!
On July 31, Florida’s Have Gun, Will Travel will celebrate the release of their fifth studio effort, Science From an Easy Chair, via This Is American Music. The new disc is a concept album, based entirely on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1916, and today (July 14), Diffuser is thrilled to partner with the roots rockers for the unveiling of the music video for “True Believers” — check it out above.
With the musical sensibility of Old 97′s and the lyrical prowess of Lucero, Have Gun, Will Travel paint a mesmerizing picture with the new song and its accompanying visuals (that seem to perfectly match the concept of the record).
“‘True Believers’ is a song about perseverance. It’s about endurance in the face of adversity,” frontman Matt Burke explains. “While the video is a salute to Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance, the song itself is very personal and relevant to the band.”
Have Gun, Will Travel have several dates scheduled throughout the next few months, so make sure to catch them on the road when they come through your city. And if you like what you hear with “True Believers,” we feel confident you’ll quickly fall in love with Science From an Easy Chair; pre-order the album on CD and digital formats, as well as white vinyl, here.
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