For a genre that is basically a no-brainer (because let’s face it, if you don’t like the Gun Club and early JSBX you have no business with music), it’s kind of insanely hard to find decent blues-punk bands. In Australia, at least, there’s a constant flow of average garage bands laying blooze lix over their carefully crafted retro rock sound and because it’s such a classic combo, it somehow doesn’t cheapen everyone too much. It sure as shit makes you appreciate the bands that do it well, though. Like The Holy Soul. The big win here is that they sound like they know what punk is. It’s raw and low tech, swaggering in a way you don’t quite believe, which works out better because bravado and a forced game face are way more interesting than actual tough talk.
The Holy Soul/Bowerbirds Split 7” is out now through In-Fidelity Recordings.
[The Holy Soul MySpace]