Sky Temple Blues is a band comprised of Garrett Ward (guitar/vocals), Logan Greeson (bass) and Will Sanford (drums/background vocals) from Nashville, TN, that recently released a four-song self-titled EP Sky Temple Blues.
This is a fun, unpretentious EP with fully realized songs that have some great performances. Right off the bat I enjoyed the vocals. I think Ward has a good voice regardless of what genre he choses to sing but there is something aesthetically that's hard to put your finger on that seems to work great with rock. Don’t get me wrong. The music is quite good but I don't think there is any denying that on the opener “Snow” the vocals are the focal center.
While there are certainly some influences from the ‘70s you can also make a clear case for retro garage rock bands like The Strokes. This is most obvious in the breakdown and verse. Overall, the opener is incredibly catchy and a single worthy song that works for a myriad of reasons.
The band has more success with “Southern Daze.” I would argue the indie garage rock vibe is gone and replaced with a more authentic ‘70s vibe. That being said there is just as much fun to be had thanks to a solid performance and another catchy vocal melody. I was loving that extra guitar fills.
I think the resemblance to Led Zeppelin is obvious on “Dagger.” You get John Bonham-esque drum fills and Jimmy Page style guitar on the verse. The verse sounds a bit like “Black Dog” and “Ramble On.” Interestingly enough the Zeppelin vibe isn't quite as obvious on the chorus displaying the band's originality.
They close with the eight-minute epic entitled “A Walk in the Dark.” The band takes their time here with a slower BPM and a more ethereal vibe during the verse. Once the chorus arrives the band prefers to rock out. Right around the three-minute mark is where the ride starts to get intense. The band strings together a number of transitions working their way up to a crescendo. Great closer.
Sky Temple Blues isn’t reinventing the wheel but this is a great EP that contains no lulls. Recommended for those who can appreciate a good rock song.
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