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Review: Love, Drink & Death
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“Well this is different” is a phrase that instantly sprung to mind when this emitted from the speakers. This is not your average run of the mill band that’s for sure. We have brass, banjo, kazoo, a double bass, and a vocalist who sounds as though he’s been gargling with Jack Daniels and razor blades.

Of course there’s a lot more stuff going on than that. Musically, it’s also a big melting pot. You can pick up salsa, swing, jazz, blues, and a whole lot more besides. With all of that going on though, you’d think that it could get rather confusing, and occasionally you’d be right.

Only very occasionally though, these guys know exactly what they want, and that’s what they deliver. This album doesn’t just blur the lines between genres, it obliterates them and builds new ones. It doesn’t conform to any rules or regulations, and more often than not you’re left thinking “I can’t believe what I’ve just heard” or words to that effect.

The thing is though, is that it’s all done with some serious attitude and with tongue firmly in cheek. The lyrics on occasion will make you laugh out loud, and it’s almost impossible not to get caught up in the “feel good factor” that’s evident throughout this release.

It’s definitely not a standard rock album, in fact it’s not a standard “anything” album come to think of it. It is seriously good though. It’s not often that something comes along that’s as musically diverse as this album, and for that reason alone, it’s well worth just giving it a listen. It will leave you with a confused expression and an inane smile, but it will keep you coming back for more.

by Jon Seymour

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