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TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE ESTRANGED BLUES ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE - ESTRANGED BLUES

BEATS CARTEL/MGM

JANUARY 17 2014

 

 

Brisbane-based Transvaal Diamond Syndicate know how to ride a groove and their debut full-length album 'Estranged Blues' melds Blues, a great sense of rhythm and some great Hard Rock to produce something that is both substantial and fun.


On the scene since 2010 touring regularly and playing around 150 all-original live shows per year they have paid their dues like so many hard-working local bands, but you get a sense here that these guys have everything lined up to stand out from the crowd.  


Opening track ‘So Sweet’ has an almost Rockabilly swing to it and it’s a sharp sweet taste of a band that quite simply knows how to Rock.  With a swathe of singles, videos and live performances available for you to check out, this, their debut long-player sounds like a band comfortable with their sound and ready to step up a level or three.
If you crave a dose of “dirty foot-stompin', hard hittin' Blues” played with an intensity and a sense of humour that seems to come naturally you’ll love what you find within these grooves. Add to that a real sense of craft and musicianship and you know you have the recipe for a great live band.


‘Detroit City’ is a low-down swampy Blues that has some great harp, while the title track shows a more contemplative side of the band and has all the hallmarks of a band that simply understands the music they create – both where it’s going and where it came from. If you prefer it a little less delicate then check out the deconstructed swing of ‘Dig Man Dig!’ or maybe the traditional Blues swagger and slide of ‘Mexico’ or the dark kiss of ‘Guns For Hire’ two of our favourites.


All in all this is an album you will find hard to put down, with two feet firmly planted in the Blues and a soul that’s seen the gutter it howls through the tattered holes of your troubled dreams. And when you wake make it to a beer, ideally cradling your shotgun on your porch rocker while looking out over the swamp…


2014 sees the band hit the road in support of the album, released nationally on Friday January 17 with shows in Melbourne, Tasmania, South Australia, Sydney and Brisbane, including the Adelaide Fringe and Mojo Burning Festival.

Check out the band’s website at:  http://www.transvaaldiamondsyndicate.com.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE ESTRANGED BLUES ALBUM REVIEW 2014