‘Spillin’ The Beans – “The Road Heavy” by The Road Heavy

This week, I am reviewing music in a much more traditional genre, Blues Rock. The band is from Canada, they are called The Road Heavy and they have out an eponymous six track EP. The band consists of Pat James on vocals and guitar, Sweet Jules on vocals, lead guitarist Ryan Blake, Jesse Harwat on keyboards, Andre DaSilva on bass and drummer Jeff Cox.

Their sound is pretty muscular and if people are interested in hearing it, the music is here.

So, what can I say about The Road Heavy? Well, there are a few points of reference, I think. The twin male/female vocal approach immediately made me think of bands from the past like Vinegar Joe, but musically, the sound is harder, less funky and tighter, driven by some excellent guitar playing. I can imagine the band putting on a pretty storming live performance. There are echoes of bands like Bad Company, Free and Stone The Crows here, but I think that comparisons like that might be misleading, because I think that there is a more contemporary feel to the playing.

I’ve listened to the six tracks twice now and I think that the single taken from the EP, entitled “Human Condition” is a pretty good place to start. There is a video of this track available;

So, what do I think? I think the band are fine, they have a great punchy sound and I like their music. It isn’t breaking any new ground musically, but it delivers what you want from this kind of blues rock. I can think of people I know who would lap this stuff up. Give them a listen.

Earworms 1 May 2017

We don’t have any dancing around the ‘Spill maypole, but there is a carnival this week, courtesy of John Handy and Ravi. Happy May Day to you, enjoy the music and don’t forget to keep sending your earworms (e.g. .mp3  or an internet link) to earworm@tincanland.com, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen them. Thanks to all contributors.

John Handy – Carnival – Ravi Raman: Title track of his 1977 album with Lee Ritenour on guitar.  I actually was searching for something by the latter and happily found a re-release of this.

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