Review The Black Circles – From The Top (EP)

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 14, 2015

The Black Circles – From The Top (EP)


Hailing from Warrington, The Black Circles comprise of Sam Bratley (guitars/vocals) and Martin Saunders (bass guitar), and here on this four-track EP, they are joined by Phil Wilson (drums/percussion) and Tim Eden (keyboards/Hammond organ). The band deliver a varied blues and rock sound, ranging from tough, riff-driven rockers to slow atmospheric blues.

The songs were recorded in their home town at Frog Studios, produced by themselves and Phil Wilson, engineered by Mark Walker and no less than Jesse Davey responsible for the mastering. The opening “Gypsy Girl” fairly thunders out of the blocks and is an uptempo rocker; it is followed by the lovely 9:34 of the slow blues, “Bad Luck” . . . a moody piece punctuated by some fine Hammond from Tim Eden and  Sam Bratley’s tasteful guitar and vocals.

They take the pace up again for the riff-laden and funky “I’m Leaving”, with notable contributions from the rhythm section of Saunders and Wilson. It’s back to the blues on the 8:05 of “Stop Acting This Way”, with lots more nice guitar work from Sam Bratley and again the keys of Tim Eden stand out . . . all lovers of The Hoax will love this track as in my humble opinion it has definite shades of them present.

After support slots with the likes of Virgil & The Accelerators and Laurence Jones, expect to see a lot more this year of these guys!


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