REVOLUTION BLUES - Bloodgroup (Off the Hip)
Toting a toolkit of heavy rock blues and swinging the guttural sledgehammer that is Mick Blood's voice, this hand-picked Melbourne wrecking crew goes about its work with grim efficiency. Taking their cues from Blood's best-known vehicle, the Lime Spiders, Blood Group kicks out some righteous noise.
There's a well-credentialled gang backing Blood with Julien Poulson (Stiff Kittens, Moler), Ollie Laurie (The Exotics) and Andrew Kentler (GammaRays) up front on guitars. Spencer P. Jones lends slide to the title song and Mick "KAOS" Glenn and Pete Leeming (bass) do the business in the engine room. Matt Heydon helps out on keyboards and Petth singer-songwriter Jason Hayles figures on backing vox.
The EP was recorded a few years ago when Blood was briefly living in Melbourne.
Blood rates the title track from this five-tracker as one of his best songwritring moments and the only regret is that he doesn't do more of it. It's a slow and acrid burner of a tune, a fitting opener with a nice tension.
"Crazy People" finds Blood in voicebox damage mode - which is probably his most recognisable style - set against a swirling rhythm and surging chorus. "Never Coming Back" brings to bear some scorched earth guitar and a mighty feel and this might be my personal pick from the disc.
The brighter moments (relatively speaking) come from "End of the Beginning", which recalls the Spiders' "Jessica" without the lightweight remix, and the brooding psych of "Sunshine Girl".
Spiders fans will dig it of course, if only for Blood's presence and the intensity, but the appeal should go wider. - The Barman
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