Pete Feenstra chatted to Electric Mary founder/frontman Rusty Brown for his feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio with tracks from the album ‘Mother’. First broadcast 3 February 2019.
Aussie rockers Electric Mary formed back in 2003, however due to various reasons ‘Mother’ is their first full album since 2011′s ‘III’. Since that album Spyder has joined on drums, linking up with existing members Rusty Brown (vocals), Pete Robinson (guitar, vocals), Brett Wood (guitar, vocals) and Alex Raunjak (bass).
The refreshing thing about Electric Mary is that they don’t want to be an AC/DC clone like some fellow Australian rock bands. Instead they have a sound more in keeping with Bad Company and Free, hook filled hard rock with a blues edge. They certainly pack a punch in their shorter songs, as ‘Mother’ rocks like the proverbial mutha! The drumming of Brett Wood packs a mighty punch on this one.
Guitarists Robinson and Wood certainly know their way around a tasty riff and nifty solo – opener ‘Gimme Love’ attests to that. Add in the distinctive vocals of Rusty Brown (a name that wouldn’t look out of place fronting a southern rock band) and you have a song made for playing loud.
A slow and easy guitar riff ushers in ‘Sorry Baby’, a song that recalls the much missed Brit rockers Skin, both vocally and in sound. It has it all from the impassioned vocals through to a smoking guitar solo midway through, sterling stuff.
Electric Mary can hitch a ride on the current New Wave of Classic Rock bands, despite maybe not being the newest band around. They have the sound and looks of a proper band, none of that hipster look of say Rival Sons thank goodness. Music to play loud and enjoy. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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