Review by Suzi H
Well Western Sand are a lovely little surprise. I shouldn’t say little, because there’s nothing little about this balls to the walls classic rock sound. Their self titled EP release speaks of great things to come in the future for the lads from Bournemouth who are about to embark on a UK tour supporting Black Star Riders.
A Place I Call Home is a fantastic start and harks back to the good old days of Rock when Lynyrd Skynrd, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin were in charge. Don’t be mistaken into thinking there’s nothing new about this quartet though- they may be making southern hard rock but they’re making it their own in the process. Tyler Hains lead vocals are smoking hot and he’s backed up by Jimmy Bradshaw on electric guitar, Findlay Hotchkiss on bass and Nathan Kay on drums. Findlay and Nathan contribute to vocals as well.
Take it Away has a brilliant guitar intro with some slow percussion that actually really reminds me of The Doors. It’s another good showcase for their talents and I’d love to see how they perform live- if it’s half as good as the EP then i think in a couple of years these guys will be headlining their own tours. Broken Bones is a delightfully thoughtful song which has a great guitar line and a very sombre sound that quickly comes alive and leaves you wanting more. Welcome to the Badlands rounds out the EP and I can honestly say there wasn’t anything on the listing I didn’t really enjoy and I was left wanting more.
I’m giving this 4 stars. I’d give it five, but I’m knocking a star off for having not released a full album for me to enjoy!