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Rhythm & Booze: Rise Up EP Review

February 11, 2017

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The Rainbreakers, should you not have seen them yet, are a 4 piece, blues/rock band, from Shrewsbury. Ben Edwards, on vocals and rhythm guitar, Sam Edwards, on drums,  a youthful Charlie Richards, on lead, and Pete Adams brings his bass to add depth. They are, and have been from their incept, an exceptionally talented young band, that brings back the feel  British rock from the 60’s and 70’s era, but add generous measures of soul and funk to the mix. The result is an infectious groove, of Brit, blues rock at its best. I had the pleasure of reviewing their first EP, 'Blood Not Brass’, which was a brilliant and dynamic first effort, now, after  grabbing attention across the many festivals and stages they have played, the band have produced, 'Rise Up’.

A 5 Track EP, that proves the adage that good things come in small packages. 

Opening up with an electro fused, pulsating rock, 'On My Own’, is a realisation of not really knowing each other, time to move on. If your on your own, loose yourself in the intoxicating, swirling riff. 

In this strange new world, of Trump and Brexit, its time for us to take control, so 'Rise Up’. It brings a funky drum and bass driven groove, with Charlie, adding almost minimalist chords, but, sublime chords, before he bursts out from the crowd, and rises up. Chunky bites that leave you wanting more. 

A soulful 'Waiting on You’, finds Ben, floating over the dreamlike vibe, pure and simple soul, with a some beautiful guitar decorating the song throughout, superb. 

A more psychedelic soul, with a staccato pulse from the Sam’s drums, and deep thudding bass from Pete. Ben’s voice is tracked by Charlie’s ethereal guitar notes.  

All too soon, we find our way to the last track, 'Living Free’, a rock riven introspective, that has a rich blue stripe going through it. Drums punch out the opening bars the song builds slowly, undeniably, to an explosion of rock hedonism, steamrollering through your head, to quickly fade away.'Rise Up’, is an absolute cracker of an EP, you don’t have to believe me, just go out and order a copy, to be released on April 7th. 

The Rainbreakers go from strength to strength, their stage presence is undeniable, you will be drawn in, this little offering, will see you through between gigs. Super band, great sound, exceptional EP. 

 

 

 

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