Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Pirate Sons - 233U

EP review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Beginning life as a duo in New Zealand, Pirate Sons are now a trio in Scotland. They couldn't have picked anywhere further to travel than literally the opposite side of the world, but it seems to have worked for them, as they've apparently been moving in similar musical circles to Glasvegas and Wet Nuns; not bad contacts to have. Their music has been compared to The White Stripes and The Black Keys, so that should tell you that they deal in primal blues-rock without any of the indulgence that used to be associated with the genre. They allow themselves the odd guitar solo, but nothing fancy and nothing that takes away from their thrashing sound; they seem like the real deal.

We can only guess at what '233U' means. Actually, that's a lie, we can't even guess, but it's not the name of any song on this debut four-track EP. The songs here are pretty much all the same make and model, but they have the enthusiasm and the talent to make them work. 'Dirty, Dirty Rascals' is a fine modern garage-rock tune where drums take a beating and vocals chords are stretched a little; 'Foolish' is bluesier and they manage to pull a big riff out of the bag, and this, coupled with the different vocal style does recall Led Zeppelin at times; it's back to basics on the thumping 'The Last Days Of Robert Johnson', a track which tells of his fabled meeting with the devil at the crossroads when he allegedly sold his soul. 'Long Gone' changes the format slightly, shunning the straight-ahead blues stompers for the comparatively epic changing tempos and styles of this six-minute number. They're a rowdy bunch, that's for sure, and a good one at that.

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