First Fix from The Della Grants
Opening with Backbiter Blues this is a track full of grinding energy. Delta music with an urban twist that is the right fix for 21st century British rock n Roll infused blues. Backbiter Blues has flashes of the past churning into a modern beat and Tom on Harmonica adding to the excitement. First Fix from The Della Grants, paints the tonal shapes and the gritty textures that are produced from the rhythm section through to Max Manning and Tom Best up front. These textures are re-shaped and spat out with a False Promise. There is nothing false about this young band they click and Tom Walker on Drums and Andy Boulton’s Bass provided a bedrock that keeps the promise of blues true and upfront with attitude.
The tempo slows and the mood deepens with the guitar licks that kickstart Do What You Do. The sweet guitar licks curl around Max’s vocals that are deep and emotionally fueled. The track demonstrates the diversity of a The Della Grants that are creating blues full of soul rhythm and blues.
When you are angry you see – Red Mist there is a feeling of determined anger fueling the energy of a track with a relentless blues stoked drive. Closing with More Than Pray the blues take on a country feel. This is a stylish track that makes the EP feel like a project not quite completed. The range of styles and tonal shapes that The Della Grants can pull out of their hat will continue to grow. First Fix from The Della Grants, certainly fixes my blues.
The main fault with the quintet of tracks is there are not more. First Fix from The Della Grants is a mighty fine E.P. what is lacking is the ten or more tracks on an album for the band to fully exploit the depth of range and talents within the band.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….
1. Backbiter Blues
2. False Promises
3. Do What You Do
4. Red Mist
5. More Than Pray