Review: The 45s – It Ain’t Over (single)

Posted on: Saturday, Dec 14, 2013

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The 45s – It Ain’t Over (single)

(Oil City Discs)

Four very young men take a step back in time to recreate the high octane R&B sound that was prevalent in the ‘Feelgood’ years and before. From Carlisle, The 45s were formed in 2012 with James Green (lead vocals/harmonica), Tom Hamilton (lead guitar/vocals), Joe Wyatt (bass guitar/vocals) and Bailey Claringbold (drums).

This double A side single gives a flavour of what the boys are all about and with the great Wilko Johnson as a mentor, they are set to take the R&B scene by storm. The single goes out on the Oil City label and I shall be interested to hear a full CD of their ‘highly charged’ music in the near future.

‘It Ain’t Over’ is a well put together track, although I am aware how young these guys are, voices will mature in time. I can hear the variety of R&B influences and even a touch of the early Beatles?

‘Devil of a Woman’ is really in the vein of a Feelgood’ track and I can see why Wilko has taken them under his wing. A great guitar solo in the flavour of the era.

The musicianship of the band is evident and will mature in time. I’m sure they will be out on the festival circuit in 2014, so watch this space!

I will wish these guys good luck. They have a hard job ahead of them to keep things fresh. I believe this could be as a live performance band to gain full impact of their music, but the single , as a sampler, is a stepping stone on the way.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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