Review: The Micronite Filters – The Wrong Side Of The Tracks

Posted on: Sunday, Sep 16, 2012

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The Micronite Filters – The Wrong Side Of The Tracks (4-track EP)

(Get Bent Records: GB026)

Here’s a cracking little 4-track EP that will appeal to all lovers of the ‘down and dirty’ grooves produced by the likes of The Black Keys and The North Mississippi Allstars, as well as a firm nod to the older bluesmen from the North Mississippi hill country – the major surprise is that they hail from Oshawa, Ontario in Canada!

The band comprise: Abel Renton (vocals and guitar), Dan Reiff (drums), Bruce Mackinnon (piano, baritone saxophone and tuba) and Angel Valenciano (bass) with guest vocals on two tracks from Joan Smith. The EP kicks off in rollicking fashion with the rousing “Hit The Hammer On The Nail”, before the doomy, slower “The City Life Blues” – with featured piano from Mackinnon and a thunderous guitar riff and anguished vocal, courtesy of Abel Renton.

“Hey Little Sister” takes us back to the hill country blues, riding on a snaky slide riff and the driving rhythm section of Dan Rieff and Angel Valenciano – with more fine piano work; the closing “Cry Wolf Cry” again is a driving blues, with Renton’s dirty guitar tone to the fore and he’s helped out on the vocals by Joan Smith.

Not probably for the blues purists/police but it works for me, and I would imagine the live show is quite something . . . check it out, highly recommended!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.themicronitefilters.com

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