My first exposure to these guys was last year. Left-handed guitarist Perry Walker brought vocalist Ashleigh Poulton to a blues jam and while I was enjoying their jam spot, I knew something special was forming. Originally looking to round out their sound with a bass player and a drummer, they teamed up with Jayme Taylor and Kned Gulliford respectively, but things grew organically and they also added Troy Sandiford on sax. Their debut performance at OctoberSESH released their heavy, rocking blues and soul sound which was very well-received.
At the gig at the zoo, their sound was intoxicating; it captured your attention and compelled you to listen. I thoroughly enjoyed the great dynamics, crescendos and long prog-blues sequences (like prog-rock, but with a blues base). I spent their set trying to determine a genre, or fusion of genres, that fit, then the next song brought in other musical influences and stumped me, again and again.
Blues base with layers of soul and funk? But wait, there's jazz influences in there ... I can't forget the progressive sequences ... and the sax brought a late 70s, early 80s feel. Chatting with the guitarist, Perry, after the gig, I asked if there was such a genre as acid-blues, as I had this gut feeling it most suit, and his face lit up, "That's what I call our music!" he shared, and all members of the band seemed really happy about their second-only gig. They'll be hitting the studio soon, but if you like live music, you must get yourself along to an upcoming live gig to check them out for yourself.