Review: The MacKenzie Blues Band – Slam! Bam!

Posted on: Thursday, Nov 13, 2014


The MacKenzie Blues Band – Slam! Bam!

(Independent release: TMBB002)

This is the second set from this four-piece out of Ontario, Canada. Front-woman Tara MacKenzie has a big, strong, flexible voice – take a listen to her phenomenal performance on ‘On The Other Side’ which matches the band’s material.

And that material is blues with dashes of rock and soul (the latter as on the driving ‘Up! Up! Up!’, which shows off the skill of the rhythm section of drummer Mike Weir and bass player Joel Dawson to great effect), retro rock with more than a dash of blues, and on many tracks, as for example ‘Bone Cage’, ‘Burned When You Play With Fire’ and the eight minutes long ‘I Feel A Storm Coming’, with a darker edge.

The sleeve, mocked up like an old “True Detective Stories” comic, captures this noir perspective perfectly. Guitarist Trevor MacKenzie contributes rocking riffs, driving rhythms, menacing licks and intense solos throughout, but the dozen tracks offer consistent, thoughtful material slightly outside the norm from a band deservedly on the up, up, up.


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