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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Rank Berry - Demo recordings

Sometimes there are albums out there that have been produced to within an inch of their lives.
No chord change is left unpolished, no vocal is as it originally sounded, and every single trick that a sound engineer can pull out of the bag is used two whip the music into shape.
Then even with all that additional help it still sounds crap.

Then like a bratty kid sticking two fingers up to the world there's the rough demo recordings that have maybe once said hello to a guy that knew someone that had a neighbour who worked in a recording studio for a day as part of a back to work scheme, and yet for all the recording shortcomings the songs shine.
There's a vibrancy that can't be held in check and you can hear that the material is just waiting to get a sniff at some real production values to take it from great to jaw droppingly awesome.
And that's exactly what we have with the Rank Berry demo recordings.
With their influences to the fore this Glasgow band sound like the bastard offspring of The Black Crowes and Guns and Roses who have been raised on a diet of The Faces and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
There's no pretence that they are anything other than what they are.
No airs or graces, just solid rocking with classic riffs and a vocal performance that some of the bigger more established acts of the genre would sell their souls to have coming from the mouth of their front-man.
With these eight tracks already nailed down, albeit roughly, it is probably time that they pooled the cash together and gave the material the production that it deserves.
I suspect that once they do that and shop the recordings around then it wont be long until a label bites at them, and bites hard.

I've yet to see a band in Glasgow of a similar style that can touch them live.

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