Monday 3 March 2014

Water Liars - Ray Charles Dream

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Before you get the wrong impression, let's make it clear that this song sounds nothing at all like Ray Charles. In fact the influence of the great man on this track is impossible to spot, other than perhaps the fact that he was a true legend and an inspiration to any musician worth their salt. To find why Mississippi band Water Liars chose this title, you have to read the story, and that is that singer Justin Kinkel-Schuster had a dream in which he met Charles, who was singing these lyrics. He woke and wrote them down before falling back to sleep. To be honest, if Ray Charles came to me in a dream and gave me some lyrics, I'd be making 100% sure they got used, Well, Kinkel-Schuster thought the same, and so we have the song 'Ray Charles Dream'.

The trio release their self-titled third album this week, and as singles go, this one is an attention grabber, effortlessly mixing fuzz-rock with the melodies from classic pop songs of many years ago. Beginning with a brief screech of feedback, it then hammers into garage-style guitars, a touch of '90s alt-rock, and plenty of timeless melody. The southern twang of the vocals add an interesting dimension to a sound that may have been more associated with the US north-west in the past, but it works wonderfully. Whatever Justin Kinkel-Schuster had been smoking before he went to bed that night, we want some.

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Catch them live:

Mar 03 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Mar 04 The Union, Athens, OH  
Mar 05 Brass Rail, Fort Wayne, IN  
Mar 06 Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL
Mar 07 Do317 Lounge, Indianapolis, IN
Mar 08 Off Broadway, St Louis, MO
Mar 10 The Basement, Nashville, TN  
Mar 12 Downtown Tavern, Jackson, TN  
Mar 13 Whitewater Tavern, Little Rock, AR  
Mar 14 JR's Lightbulb Club, Fayetteville, AR  
Mar 15 Valley of the Vapors, Hot Springs, AR  
Jun 07 House of Blues Myrtle Beach , North Myrtle Beach, SC
Jun 10 The NorVa, Norfolk, VA
Jun 11 Chameleon Club,  Lancaster, PA

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