Review: Last Train Band – Quicksand

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 19, 2008

LAST TRAIN BAND
“Quicksand”
(self-release)

Since bluesinthenorthwest.com started, it is a major surprise how few releases we have reviewed from local bands, therefore this very noble effort from the Liverpool-based Last Train Band is most worthy of our attention!

The band comprise five talented and experienced musicians, namely Alex McGrath (vocals), Adrian Dear (bass, vocals), Terry McCusker (drums, vocals), Ainsley Dunn (guitar) and Ray Palfreyman (guitar, saxophone) – together they deliver an easy-on-the-ear blend of rocking blues, together with a ‘classic’ rock feel.

The ten tracks feature Alex McGrath’s fine voice, and lots of mighty fine slide guitar work – I presume, from Ainsley Dunn, who, without being presumptious must be a Rory Gallagher fan  – judging from the bouncy riff on “Washed Up” – recalling the great man’s “In Your Town” from way, way back!

The sparse “Starting Down” features some very nice saxophone from Ray Palfreyman – featuring a nice solo as the song builds; the rocking “Fishing” steams along with more slide guitar; with the acoustic stripped down blues of “Betrayed” containing some lovely steel guitar.

The closing “Obsession” takes us into rocky territory, not a million miles away from Bad Company – and, I would imagine, a killer in the live set. The five guys are all solid players and as previously mentioned, this is a most worthy album.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.lasttrainband.com

Catch the guys locally at:

Thursday, 23rd October – Hotel California, Birkenhead
Thursday, 11th December – Alexander’s, Chester
Friday, 19th December – The Griffin Inn, Mold

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