Friday, July 8, 2016
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DYLAN WICKENS & the GRAND NATURALS - HI LO-FI
It's been too long for the follow-up to Wickens' 2010 debut, Tattoo Black, but he's certainly been developing something special. This set has all the super-loud presence of a classic power trio, the blues band out-rocking virtually everybody in the rock field these days. Crunching, thick and in-your-face, Wickens has done what the title claims; he's made a modern-sounding album but with the grit of a group grinding it out in the garage.
The Grand Naturals are two vets of the Canadian blues wars, Dennis Pinhorn on bass and Al Webster on drums. Wickens makes the guitar nasty and the vocals full of passion, leaving lots of room for the other two punch in their parts. It's not showy, it's big, it's not fast, it's purposeful. There's lots of slide and sizzle, and with titles such as Love & Lust, Run Sister, and Rock Bottom, it's all aimed at your guts. Tough enough, then.