German Review: THE WALK-A-BOUT “THINGS ARE LOOKING UP”

5 Jul

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Translated from German:

http://www.wp.rocktimes.de/the-walk-a-bout-things-are-looking-up-cd-review/

 

The Walk-A-Bout / Things Are Looking Up – CD review

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With an official drum intro “Things Are Looking Up” starts and without delay Kevin begins his acoustic play, which immediately shows what it’s all about: Straightforward rock with a slightly jazzy flair. Also Darren sets without much instrumental Vorbrimborium his voice and we are in the middle in a very pleasant and great music.

Seldom is acoustic guitar playing so full and dynamic, so virtuoso and groovy rocking, as it flows from Kevin Anderson’shands. Kevin was a guitar player for a long time, until he met the Australian singer / songwriter, harmonica and (well, Australia) didgeridoo Darren ‘Sully’ Sullivan . At the end of 2015, they started working together. Darren wrote the lyrics to Kevin’smusic, and drummer and producer Drew Bertrand becameaware of this collaboration . He recognized the potential of the two and worked with them, honing harmonies and sound sequences, and contacting his friend and partner, Michael Perrotta, a multi-instrumentalist as well as a studio partner. Michael adjusted the arrangements and teased the bass.

Their first album was released in 2017 and local radio stations played their music, which was absolutely well received. By Airplay was Drew’s friend, the guitarist and singer Dave Christian , the Walk-A-Boutsattentive, was enthusiastic and made representations. And that was a good thing, because now the band from Long Island, New York had found the final sound. The involvement of Christian , who now Kevin is an acoustic guitar, the electric counterpart to the site and also enhances the song, gave the troops a further Fanzuwachs and that the fan base will continue to grow, is for me beyond question, because the sound is perfect.

Relaxt cool, with slightly jazzy cadenzas, maybe with a hint Steely Dan or Fagen solo presents the new album, which is unfortunately only a 25-minute EP, at first and rough view. But the water-drenched musicians – the vicious circle of those with whom they’ve worked together, names such as Santana , Grateful Dead , David Murray or   Bob Marley – offer a lot more under that tunic of harmony. As the Harp shows musical images of the Blues Travelers , Phish and moe become rhythmically and technically .Nevertheless, the Walk-A-Bouts are clearly recognizable, as on the one hand the forced acoustic guitar playing and the pleasantly distinctive voice of Sully in connection with the precise songwriting are a striking fragrance brand. This is particularly audible in the last two tracks of the disc, because in contrast to the four other pieces are not new, but come from the debut and thus there is missing the electric guitar.

The fact that Dave Christian is on board with the first four numbers on “Things Are Looking Up” is the second reason why the Walk-A-Bouts are identifiable at any time. Because the combination of the unreinforced and amplified guitars is an extremely enthralling. Even though Kevin has a decent punch on the strings, Dave’s electric strings are more than just the icing on the cake. His playing nestles into the compositions and gives the band sound that certain something that turns very good music into brilliant music. Nice to hear on “Be My Side”, where he lays a – unfortunately only short – solo to kneel down. Also, the backings, which he gives to the best, make this piece for me the hit of the disc.

Although the EP only consists of six pieces, two of which are without electrical, it is a big tip. The silverling will accompany me through the summer. It fits on Saturday mornings while cooling drinks and building a grill. He fits later when grilling and cooling the drinks and he also fits the after-grill barbecue. Strong disc and, as already mentioned, far too short.


Line-up The Walk-A-Bout:

Kevin Anderson (acoustic guitar)
Darren ‘Sully’ Sullivan (lead vocals, harp)
Drew ‘Drumz’ Bertrand (drums)
Michael Perrotta (bass)
Dave Christian (electric guitar, backing vocals)

Tracklist “Things Are Looking Up”:

  1. Things Are Looking Up
  2. That’s Just The Way It Goes
  3. By My Side
  4. Consequences
  5. Oasis
  6. Drifting Tide

Total playing time: 25:22, year of publication: 2018

 

 

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