Sunday, May 26, 2024

Review: Broken Witt Rebels – Debut Album

The darlings of a certain UK ‘Classic’ Rock station release their eponymous debut album, Broken Witt Rebels in late November. This 10-track CD combines the six songs from the Birmingham band’s two most recent EPs – Howlin‘ and Georgia Pine – with four brand new numbers.

Their sound is soaked in heavy blues mixed with a dash of Americana, so it’s worth pointing out that this band is from Birmingham in the UK, not the colonial one.

Broken Witt Rebels by Martin Tierney
Broken Witt Rebels by Martin Tierney

It is an enjoyable romp through the blues/soul world – think Rising Sons, Alabama Shakes but, the ‘Rebels give this usually pared back sound a great big kick of growling guitar and with a solid bass and drum behind them, they make a damn good sound.

OK, it doesn’t break new ground but it does supply 36 minutes of fun.

Outstanding track is one of the new ones ,‘Breathless’, a really well put together song with plenty of power and feeling which shows off the instrumentation to best effect. The weakest is the rather plain (by comparison) ‘Guns’ and I still think ‘Radar Love’ is about to start when I hear the opening bars of ‘Low’.

A great debut (if you haven’t already bought the EPs) and certainly a band to watch.

Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

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