Get Close to Geoff Carne and the Hatz

Get Close to Geoff Carne and the Hatz

Get Close to Geoff Carne and the Hatz

The album has a blues intensity encapsulated in the title track Get Close. Geoff Carne and the Hatz British Blues with an edge that ensures that Get Close is blues stepping beyond the legacy of the British music scene of the Sixties & Seventies.

The grinding guitar with a fuzzed-up edge is a signature and we are introduced to the relentless beat and drive in Out To The Country. The opening track is how we escape from the grind from daily commute and urban stress and demands to breathe out and reconnect with blues skies out in the country. Opening with a gale force guitar power that doesn’t shriek but has a deep rhythmical chant that allows the vocals to explore the words so that the lyrics are given the space to tell the tale of Shot Down in Ten. This is blues that doesn’t drown you in a 12-bar riff but works its way deep into your music brain. There are memories of riffs and licks of yesteryear, they flick in and out as part of the overall freshness of the Carne & Hatz sound created on Get Close. The blues are deep in the DNA of Giving Me The Blues with a raunchy edge and a foot-tapping rhythm once again the vocals are a tonal pattern more spoken that sung that creates a sound that is interesting and recognisable as their interpretation of how blues works.

We are back to the rhythmical driving beat on Nine Miles to the Border the drumming is so persistent and this is a darker journey with a border tantalizingly close before a word is sung. The track is again full of a raw unrestrained energy. The closing number an electric piano version of Get Close, taking the tempo down leaving the listener mellow and they will Get Close to the power being explored by Geoff Carne and the Hatz.

This is a collaboration between Geoff Carne and Mick Hatz; Get Close aimed to re-light the sparks from their early career. There is no doubt that there is a raw sizzling energy captured in the album which shows the chemistry between them still has a creative form and shape. The album is British Rock N’ Roll infused with the history of the blues. The tracks have an energy that drives the album forward. Some variation in guitar tone and textures of the sound would have given Get Close that little bit extra to make it a real stand out album.

Get Close – Geoff Carne and the Hatz – Independent

Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

 

Get Close – Geoff Carne and the Hatz – Independent

Track Listing

1. Out To The Country
2. Lost In You
3. Shot Down In Ten
4. Get Close
5. Another Piece of Me
6. Giving Me The Blues
7. Whatever Will Be
8. Who’s Fooling Who
9. Nine Miles To The Border
10. Get Close (Electric Piano Version)

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