Quick plays: THE REMEDY CLUB, GYPSY SOUL

THE REMEDY CLUB Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes [Release date 08.10.17]

‘Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes’ is the first release under the duo’s new name The Remedy Club (they released two albums under the previous name – B & The Honeyboy). The Remedy Club are husband and wife duo Aileen Mythen (vocals /percussion) & Kj McEvoy (guitar/vocals). They recorded the album in their native Ireland and it was mixed by  producer and engineer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson) and Mark Petaccia in Nashville.

The album consists of 11 original songs which cover themes such as love,  legends and lost causes, all played with a classic country meets Americana style. Loving their wordplay and tribute to Tom Waits on ‘Tom Waits Up’ and the guitar playing on ‘Get Away With It’.

Both Aileen and Kj have distinctive vocals and take the leads or harmonies on each song as required. ‘Listenin’ To Hank Williams’ is another stand out, taking the classic Hank Williams sound and yodel, adding in their own tribute. Impressive to say the least.

Country with that classic sound and a clear, modern production. The Remedy Club should be destined for big things in the country genre. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

GYPSY SOUL Winners And Losers Escape Music [Release date 20.10.17]

In 1987 four musicians were brought together by the legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose and their shared manager - guitarist J K Northrup, vocalist Johnny Edwards, bassist Larry Hart and drummer Glenn Hicks. Within two weeks they were rehearsing writing and in the studio recording with Ronnie Montrose, who was producing their first demo, however the album never got a proper release until now.

No surprises then that songs like ‘Fire And Water’ have a distinct feel of Foreigner and Brain Howe era Bad Company about them. Johnny Edwards comes into his own on the emotionally charged ballad ‘Ready For The Rain’. Plenty of guitar action given the talents of JK Northrup and Larry Hart played some deep, heavy bass lines, most notably on the aforementioned ‘Ready For The Rain’ and the Damn Yankees sounding ‘Shelia’ (although to be fair Gypsy Soul pre-dated that band!).

After this album Edwards, Hart and Northrup joined King Kobra for that band’s ‘III’ album. Edwards later joined Foreigner for one album, 1991′s ‘Unusual Heat’ and Northrup did a couple of albums with Paul Shortino. Maybe Gypsy Soul could be enticed back by one of the festivals like Rockingham?

Classic late 80′s hard rock, perfect for those who liked Foreigner, Bad Company, Damn Yankees and Sammy Hagar back in the day. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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