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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – S/T – Review

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Rock & Blues 

Release Date: Out Now

Tracklist:

Heartland
Don’t Mind The Blood
Jealous Me
Backfire
Ramblin’ Bones
Weak And Weepin’
Manipulate Me
Easy Target
Magnetic Field
Aftershock
Into The Black

Lineup:

Caleb Crosby on drums,

Noah Denney on bass and backing vocals,

Graham Whitford on guitar,

Tyler Bryant on vocals and guitar.

The opening track ‘Heartland is a sweetener from rock n roll heaven with an LA Guns honey taste.  Classic rock with an industrial injection and great wailing guitar to it … nice! Track 2 gives us a funky groove with any almost heavy disco beat, loving the vocals which are really reminding me of a combo of Phil Lewis and Scott Weiland.  These guys have brought to the turntable a taste of LA sleaze rock and mashed it together with heavily guitar influenced contemporary industrial rock with a hint of Nashville too … really enjoying this! ‘Don’t Mind the Blood’?  Don’t mind if I do!

‘Jealous Me’ ….brings a sexy stripper feel to a grindhouse treat full of atmosphere and interesting depth. A great tune with a great chorus and mesmerising guitar and harmonies ….great stuff indeed!!

With ‘Backfire’ … what I love is the complexity of the musicianship, yet the rock simplicity of the tune.  These guys get more and more impressive with each track you listen to ……the choruses are perfection and have great sing-a-long traction …

Nashville is definitely apparent in the intro to ‘Ramblin Bones’ with haunting American country guitar preparing us for this superb track. Wonderfully atmospheric, this is the perfect accompaniment to swinging on your porch with a bottle of cold beer on a sultry summer night.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown at Ramblin’ Man Fair, 2017

‘Weak and Weepin’ comes in fully charged with electricity after ‘Ramblin Bones’ …bringing us back to the vivaciousness of Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, making me think of The Dead Daisies for some reason and pure rock n roll!

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown at Ramblin’ Man Fair, 2017

Track seven brings us a plateful of exceptional drum beats and rumbling ‘Muse-esque’ bass line and a contemporary rock track more main stream than the rest if the album … but none the worse for that.

‘Easy Target’ is the perfect drinking song, again with an awesome chorus …..listening to this album, it really shines with exceptional choruses, they seem simple, but are actually very clever indeed.

The superb ‘Magnetic Field’ manages to convey another side to the chaps with melodic Zeppelin like musicianship in a mystical stylie.

The mesmerising ‘Aftershock’ full of foreboding Black Sabbath influenced guitar and ‘Into The Black’, a magical and mysteriously beautiful musical journey in itself, bring the perfect end to a perfect album.

A 10 out of 10 for what I have found to be the perfect rock album which manages to present us with the best type of hard classic rock, which combines exceptional musicianship and charismatic choruses.  Complex and clever, ‘Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown’ are a force to be reckoned with …. …. Thank you boys!

Score 10/10

Review by: Francijn Suermondt

Live pictures: Adrian Hextall

 

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