Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
24Pesos – Do The Right Thing
(Ourgate Records: OGP014)
The latest album from popular London outfit, 24Pesos, brings a lovely mix of funk, rock and blues to the table . . . . the ten songs on “Do The Right Thing” are all penned by front man Julian Burdock on his own; or are co-writes with Silas Maitland, who also produced the music.
The band comprise of the afore-mentioned Burdock on guitars, vocals, Dobro and harmonica; Maitland on bass and backing vocals, and guitar on one track; Moz Gamble on keyboards and backing vocals, with drummer Bryan McLellan making up the quartet.
The opening “Step Back” shows what 24 Pesos are all about . . . a loping, funky groove embellished by some fiery guitar leads from Julian Burdock, together with Gamble’s keyboards and the top rhythm section. The following Burdock/Maitland tune, “Won’t Lie Down” again is in a funky mode; and Burdock brings his excellent Dobro playing to the table for the standout “Rise Up”, which rides on a ‘slippery’ slide riff.
The sparse Delta blues of “Need Somebody” takes the pace down, with more nice Dobro and vocal harmonies; the tempo goes up for the electric-slide driven “Night Train”, another standout in my humble opinion. The penultimate track – the title cut – features more tough guitar from Burdock and more stellar performances from Messrs Maitland, Gamble and McLellan.
This highly recommended release ends with a tough blues in the form of “Boom Boom” – another fine Burdock/Maitland original. Check the guys out – they’re definitely one of our best blues outfits around!