Rare and far between are the debut albums that make the kind of impression that made the 2014 self-titled offering from multinationals Blues Pills, which seemed to inspire followers as soon as it arrived. And Blues Pills are a group of musicians who quickly became one of the most acclaimed and entertaining bands in music, lost in time and space
The band has toured heavily in Europe since their debut release, ‘Blues Pills,’ even headlining at Freak Valley Festival last year, and have announced they will issue their second long-player this summer via Nuclear Blast Records. It is dubbed ‘Lady In Gold,’ and while the artwork and obviously audio and an exact release date remain forthcoming, the little news that such a thing exists and will exist is entirely to make note of. I would not be surprised to find Blues Pills make their United States live debut for ‘Lady In Gold’ sometime over the next year, though the direction depends on the response to the record.
If you enjoy your Soul and Blues filled to the core with rock’n’roll, then you really do not need to look much further than Blues Pills. Their creatively unique, intense and extraordinary within their rock atmosphere while at the same time having a major mainstream appeal that takes you right back to the time long gone gems of early, fiery rock’n’roll of Blues Pills’ ancestors Aretha Franklin, The Original Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Cream.
With the idea to take soul music, combined with blues and rock’n’roll and turn it into a new force of unimaginable energy, intensity and freshness, their blonde archangel and soul-saviour Elin Larsson will once again guide you gently into a new world, the band’s empire of soulful rock; her beautiful voice on the debut album seemed to be taking you beyond the stars to an infinite universe on a journey that appears endless in time, yet profound and revealing. Elin Larsson’s powerful lyrics were full of emotions, and her jazzy-soulful voice never have fallen into the trap of an aestheticization of kitsch, but unfolds an outstanding beauty itself with a refreshing new take on the timeless and unquestionably noble art of rock’n’roll, touching your soul.
As a history tells, Blues Pills started their journey in 2011. Comprised of Dorian Sorriaux, a French guitarist extraordinaire, Unites States, Zack Anderson (bass) and his half-brother, Cory Berry (drums), and one of the most unimaginable voices this side of Janis Joplin in the Swedish singer, Elin Larsson, who, I may add, is drop dead gorgeous. Since, the band has refined to include André Kvarnström, who replaced Cory Berry in 2014.
After a short flurry of tinier releases, Blues Pills signed with Nuclear Blast Records and released their self-titled debut album, ‘Blues Pills.’ In Europe, the band has blossomed. And while they have yet to capture the attention of the United States, they are making inroads. The debut is a hotbed of Rock in its rawest and purest form. It definitely requires your attention.
- Lady In Gold
- Little Boy Preacher
- Burned Out
- I Felt A Change
- Gone So Long
- Bad Talkers
- You Gotta Try
- Won’t Go Back
- Elements And Things
Gloriously free of harmful and unnecessary musical additives, Blues Pills’ full-length debut brought on the retro-rocking feel with absolute conviction, heart, soul, and skill. It will be absorbing to see where this young band takes their music in the future with the already announced next studio album, which is titled ‘Lady In Gold.’ And just as is highly successful predecessor, ‘Lady In Gold’ was once again produced by Don Alsterberg (Graveyard, Division Of Laura Lee, José González, and Jerry Williams). The new album is said to deliver ten brand new tracks of powerhouse Rock and Roll, I am assured. For now, that is all we have. But it is exciting news for those that are aware of Blues Pills.
The band is currently preparing to tour European clubs and festivals before returning to the studio to finalize their eagerly awaited second album. For now, just sit back and relax, take some Blues Pills and dive into their world of musical visionariness.