Birmingham band Broken Witt Rebels present an uplifting mix of bluesy riffs and no-nonsense, gritty vocals in their new EP, ‘Georgia Pine’, capturing the attention right from the off. The foursome have been gaining a solid following since the release of their previous efforts, ‘This Town Belongs To Me’ and ‘Howlin” (2013 and 2014 respectively) and look to use their new release to force their way even further into the public consciousness, with their engaging brand of rock.
Straight from the off, the intensity of the band is clear, a hard hitting riff opening track one, ‘Low,’ before vocalist Danny Core enters with a punchy growl. While the dirty rock ‘n’ roll vibe of ‘Low’ is undeniable, the track is also extremely soulful, from the vocal harmonies on the chorus and bridge, to the deliberate slow pace, showcasing a blues orientated guitar sound while giving Core room to explore his impressive vocals.
The drumming is another extremely prominent aspect of the EP, courtesy of James Dudley, adding weight while not being too overpowering. This is apparent on second track ‘Suzie,’ complementing the excellent guitar solos. ‘Suzie’ is also notable for its more Southern rock feel, another important aspect of the band.
The title track is solid, a more stripped back approach building to an uplifting ending. Showing versatility is key here, a need to show the many different features of the band in only a few songs. The vocals have a Kings of Leon feel, while the simple structure makes for easy listening. The final two songs again offer different sides to the band, with ‘Getaway Man’ offering a slower, more melodic feel, while the final song ‘Guns’ lets loose and leaves a lasting impression with its catchy guitar work and rousing chorus. Overall, ‘Georgia Pine’ is an impressive EP, highlighting the talents of the band while letting the vocals speak for themselves. Each track brings something new to the mix, while consistently capturing a blend of modern British and Southern American rock. Broken Witt Rebels look set to only get bigger, and this EP certainly won’t hurt their growing reputation.
‘Georgia Pine’ is out now via self-release.
This Broken Witt Rebels article was written by Matt Shore, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.