Review: Hogchild – Hogchild

Posted on: Sunday, Apr 12, 2009


HOGCHILD
(self-release ep)

1. Killing Floor
2. Born Under A Bad Sign
3. Escape

Here’s a band for all the people who like their blues at the (very) rocky end to look out for. The Denbigh-based trio, Hogchild, who consist of Steve Jones (vocals and guitar), Martin “Mauve”” Brown (bass) and Steve Flavell (drums), give their own interpretation to two blues classics – Howling Wolf’s “Killing Floor” and “Born Under A Bad Sign” – the Booker T. Jones and William Bell song that Albert King made his own, as well as their own “Escape”.

I can’t pretend that the boys are really a blues band, but they rock out in style on the opening “Killing Floor”, in a Hendrix-flavoured version; followed by a dreamy laid-back “Born Under A Bad Sign”, with some nice guitar from Steve Jones; and the foot-on-the-pedal rocker of their original song, “Escape”.

The EP is a few years old now, but a new one should be out soon, with better sound quality, says Steve Jones.

Check the band out on www.myspace.com/hogchild

GRAHAME RHODES

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