Review: Red Butler – Debut EP

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013

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Red Butler – Debut EP

(Redbutlermusic/Independent)

After a five year gestation period the fully evolved line-up of Jane Pearce; vocals, Alex Butler; guitar, Will Wensley; keyboards, Steve Evenleigh; bass and Charlie Simpson on drums, the band have become a confident fully fashioned blues rock  outfit. The band members are all from the East Sussex area but, are based in Brighton, after a period of extensive touring throughout England they were invited to perform at Hyde Park as part of last year’s Olympic celebrations.

At the moment they are dividing their time between writing and recording their debut album and appearing at various festivals and concerts as wide and varied as the Colne Rhythm & Blues Festival and the island of Guernsey.

This three track EP consists of two original band compositions “Bringing out the Devil,” “Last Page of The Blues” and a cover of Free’s Paul Rodgers “Walk in My Shadow,”

The strong pulsing confident voice of Jane contains the clarity of Adele combined with the conviction and swagger of Maggie Bell. The strident fat, funky clarity of Alex’s guitar work on “Bringing out the Devil,” has strong echoes of Free’s Paul Kossoff   laced with creamy Robert Cray like flourishes while the bass, keyboards and drums lock into a solid funky groove, above all this Jane vocally soars heavenward.

“Last Page of the Blues,” is a soaring  jazz inflected organ led slowburner with very fine roaring vocals from Jane and burning solos from Alex. Finally, “ Walk in my Shadow,” allows Alex to flex his slow wailing and moaning skills on the fret board while Jane’s searing vocals duet with singeing organ work.

I would say that this band has serious potential and with the right help, from one of the more serious major labels only the sky, is the limit!

Highly recommended!

BRIAN HARMAN

www.redbutlermusic.co.uk

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