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National Blues Review

July 22, 2015

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Blood Not Brass is the latest EP from British alt-blues rock outfit The Rainbreakers.


The four-piece have a refreshing approach to blues rock in a style which you don’t hear too much of on the British blues circuit. Their sound channels the greats of the 60s and 70s, yet with a modern twist and a healthy dose of soul. The Rainbreakers may hail from Shrewsbury, yet their groove tells you Austin, Texas.


The band who formed in 2012 have been relentlessly touring the UK with a string of festival appearances and support slots to the likes of Laurence Jones and Chantel McGregor. The Rainbreakers features Ben Edwards (guitar, vocals), Peter Adams (bass), Jack Cooper (guitar), and Sam Edwards (drums).


With the band’s latest offering Blood Not Brass, you get a superb contemporary four-track blues rock EP. Right from the off, “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On” is an up-tempo, hard-hitting number which grabs your attention straight away and gets your foot tapping with a fierce drum intro from Sam Edwards. On the other hand, “On My Knees” is a slower, soulful, heartfelt blues number.


The title track “Blood Not Brass” has a mellow, wah-infused retro sound to it and is the standout track of the EP for sure. It’s the kind of song Gary Clark Jr would be proud of. The final track on the EP, “All I Got,” is a mid-tempo number with some passionate playing from Cooper, who has a great appreciation of space. The vocal effects used by Ben Edwards throughout the EP gives the band a raw, edgy, Black Keys-esque vibe.


The Rainbreakers latest EP whets your appetite and leaves you wanting more. We look forward to hearing more of what is to come from the band.



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