Gerry & The Shed is a family band. I say family in the way that they are actually related by blood. The ringleader and father seems to be Gerry. The entire band consists of Gerry Blane (lead vocals/guitar), Calum Blane (lead guitar/vocals), Naimh Blane (bass/vocals) and Ken Maclennan (drums) At any rate the band released an EP and got some attention a little over a year ago. They hit the studio again and in March of this year released Trust.
Their music has been described as ‘60s folk rock with a hint of blues. That’s about right although sometimes the blues is more than just a hint. A song like “Furs & Rings” is almost a straight blues song. It also is one of the highlights. On that very point I thought the band sounded their best when the songs were subdued.
“Secrets” is another song that works out very well. The instruments are clean leaving plenty of space for the vocals. The vocals do sound great here. He sings, “Look around at all the things inside / Looking at the things we like to hide / All the things no one ever sees / All the things just between you and me / I know that you will never let it out.”
Another solid song that hit the mark was the opener “Trust.” The song is about the relationship between father and son. Lyrically, the song is open to interpretation and could be applied to plenty of different aspects of a relationship.
The band attempts to rock out with “Little Baby.” It’s a straightforward pop/rock song with some blues fills. They close with “Johnny Briggs” which has about as much rocking as you are going to get. The guitars have a bit of distortion but not much. The song also follows predictable tropes of the blues/rock genre especially from the ’60s; It was a familiar sounding song but fun.
Gerry & The Shed isn't the most original sounding band that I have heard this year but the delivery is spot on. The band has some chemistry which is probably a given. It also doesn't hurt they are all technically apt players. I thought Gerry Blane’s vocal delivery made a difference and if it wasn't for that I may have felt the songs were a tad too familiar at times.
Overall, this is a fun band and I can hear why they got some attention about a year ago. Give them some of your attention as well and take a listen.
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