Wail Bone is a new band that formed in 2014 and is currently comprised of Matt Hudnall, Lee Ryan, Chris Huckabay and Danny Furlong. The band got to work quickly and released a six- song self-titled EP Wail Bone. Wail Bone unequivocally plays southern blues rock that aligns with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a whole host of other like-minded bands. It’s the type of music you can picture playing at a biker bar in the south where the clientele likes to get rowdy past the evening hours.
The songs are delivered with technical and creative prowess but also feed the clichés of the genre where nothing unexpected happens. Suffice it to say if you are looking for a straightforward no frills southern blues rock album you will very much enjoy this EP.
Up first is “The Low Beholds” which starts off with a steady kick drum, vocals and guitar riffs that immediately establish the band’s southern flavor. The song launches into a power chord progression that it holds onto for the remainder of the song. Hudnall gives a solid vocal performance that is one of his most dynamic on the EP.
“Boredom” is a hard-hitting song that revolves around heavily distorted guitar while “Charles Had A Hammer” contains inspired percussion elements that gives the song a kinetic energy that is hard to ignore. The highlight on the EP was “Talking Tall Lights Blues.” I thoroughly enjoyed the epic ending where the vocalist coats some reverb on his voice and the band rocks out to oblivion.
The fact that the band has been around for about a year and was able to write, record and release this EP in that amount of time is impressive. I can’t complain about the singing, lyrics, production of techniques, etc. That being said the issue that plagues Wail Bone is almost ubiquitous amongst bands that are still in the embryonic stage of their development - namely that they haven't found their own niche which is bound to get more attention. The songs sound like a homage to the southern rock/blues style and while fun to listen to doesn’t do much to etch their name within the reservoirs of your mind.
Overall, Wail Bone is off to a good start that hints at a boatload of potential. Hopefully, this is just the start and their most inspired, original work lies ahead.
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