Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sons Of Liberty Prove The Detail Is In The Devil

Sons of Liberty (SoL) are a Southern rock band from the south… well, from the southwest of England actually, and they’ve developed considerably since their inception in 2014 as a low-key project, with musicians getting together to play the Southern Rock they admired as performed by the greats of the genre, the likes of Skynyrd, Allmans, etc. A decade on and they’ve now evolved into a very credible band in their own right and have developed a rep as a hard-rocking outfit through playing extensive tours and also supporting name artists like Molly Hatchet and Gland Slam.

Detail Is In The Devil is the band’s third studio recording and is an album packed with punch, energy and, with new vocalist Russ Grimmett replacing Rob Walker, some real rock swagger, as one reviewer has already stated, this is his contender for album of the year. They sound like a band straight out of the seventies, but what they play is very current rock, and they play it well, with a rhythm section which is locked in tight with a twin guitar front line who’ll give anyone a run for their money. When Classic Rock Magazine compares what the Sons play with their illustrious heroes, you know they’re doing something right.   

‘Time To Fly’, already released as a single, opens proceedings and begins with a scream which could curdle blood. A fast-paced rocker with some manic metal guitar in the middle, it’s an almost perfect opening number for a gig. ‘Our time to fly, and it’s our time now.’ More like this, they could be right. ‘Light The Fuse’ is a fist-punching-the-air southern rocker, as is ‘What’s A Man Supposed To Do?’, about a guy wondering what it all went wrong.

Even on slightly slower tracks, such as ‘Turn The Tide’, they still pack a heft on a heartfelt song where they state, ‘There’s still time to change things and make the future better.’ There’s a similar feel on ‘Walk With You’, a song about supporting someone who needs a friend which sounds like something Bad Company might have recorded. But, for this reviewer, the two standout tracks are ‘Love What You Got’, a fast-driving rocker entreating us not to strive for unattainable goals as we should love what we have as simple is better, and also ‘I Got The Sky’, a slightly slower song about a man who, because he has the sky as well as the woman he loves, needs no more.

There are currently several really good rock bands out there, just under the radar but making good albums and rocking things onstage, and the Sons fall into this category, so you should catch them now while they’re playing the smaller venues, as I’m sure this won’t always be the case.  

The Detail Is In The Devil releases Feb 23rd

Laurence Todd
Laurence Todd
Took early retirement after many years as a teacher in order to write books as well as about music. A long-time music obsessive, has wide and eclectic tastes but particularly likes prog rock and rock in general. Enjoys going to gigs and discovering new acts.

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