Pariah Brothers Never Exile Crow Black Chicken Music on the latest album from the band that hails from the deepest South with their own distinctive blues-rock. The music feels homegrown deep southern America. Yes, the sound is true but the trio hail from the Deep South of Ireland. Crow Black Chicken are a blues powerhouse live as the Clonmel based trio whirl the audience into a perfect maelstrom of excitement with their energized blues rock show. Christy O’Hanlon, the consummate entertainer with witty tales, stories to make the hair curl combined with his gravelled infused vocals and guitar leads the boys into music that cajoles and hits you straight in your music radar fair and square with a bullseye. Joining him providing deep, dark fulsome rhythms are Gev Barrett drumming and providing backing vocals and high-octane fueled riffs, the showman on bass Steven McGrath. Will this sound be contained, dampened in the controlled atmosphere of the recording studio? The answer is an emphatic NO! From the opening track, Jonestown through to the title track closing the album out you are captured in the mesmeric musical web of Crow Black Chicken.
The band weave their magic, they have thrown down the black chicken bones and weaving a dark alchemy of blues-infused rock, traditional yet absolutely contemporary. The opening track sets down a marker full of dark heavy blues and lyrics that take you to darkest Guyana, cults and mass suicide. Followed by a groove-laden bass opening as the slide guitar wails and picks up the groove, we experience Justice Crow Black Chicken style. What a hefty start to the album can this momentum continue? No, we couldn’t take the pace. Everyone has a semi-respite from intensity as we step up South Roman Street, the music curls around the greasy full licks from guitar and bass. The melodic laid-back approach captured in The Prophet now we have gained our breath the album builds and fires on all four cylinders once again. Exploring Deer Meat Unloaded a tale from a Spanish tour, writing songs from experiences on the road allows the guitar to whine and the bass to lay down the melody with attitude and cowbell is always a useful addition.
The beat is picking up as the album turns for home looking for the Pariah Brothers. A tribute to fellow Irishman Pat McManus, picks up the McManus groove. The guitar wails and squeals under Christy’s hand as his vocals unveil another tale gruff and full of emotional intent. Closing the album with the title track Pariah Brothers, Steven’s bass is deep dark and considered as he opens the number joined by a sharp bright guitar sound from Christy. The two sounds contradict but work perfectly well together as Brothers who are outsiders are introduced. Closing the album you are left with a greasy musical taste and the feeling that this is bluesy with rocking intent a band that will jam and change a song when played live. The songs may have been recorded in a studio but you know live they will retain the energy and intent and evolve as the band interact with the audience. Across the dozen tracks Crow Black Chicken is definitely never curtailed by the studio walls as their brand of Southern bluesy rock is delivered. Pariah Brothers Never Exile Crow Black Chicken Music, Why? It will be often on the turntable, or whatever device you decide to use to get your Crow Black Chicken fix of the day.
Pariah Brothers – Crow Black Chicken
NINEdoodle paws out of TEN …
- South Roman Street
- The Prophet
- Panta Rhei
- Deer Meat Unloaded
- Ripples In The Sand
- Pat McManus
- Pariah Brothers