WILD RIVER – Burn Your Chains
(S/R – 2015)
Some bands will still think about the sound they’re putting a name to, before nominating one.
Wild River rightfully comply, via their wavy, driving blues-based rock that barges its way through the door on you with ‘Another Day’ and makes a truthful promise to stop around a further eleven tracks. Slick, middle of the road rock with a mix of seventies, eighties and nineties …and just occasional niggly bits between nullify all beliefs that this band are actually Italian – although the quality is just a slight giveaway.
‘Under The Bad Signs’, ‘On The Road’, Darkness’, ‘Dancing In The Night’, ‘Stoner’ and ‘The Last Train’ brake, burn and grab you with more grips and grooves than your Gran’s old chopping board. Tasty old fashioned solos and slides, set along Spagnoli Roberto’s sassy blues throat don’t have a time limit with me, and even the similarities between selected tunes stops short of even trying to bore.
With wistful summer balladry such as ‘Darkness’ and the bend-friendly ‘Here You’ as well as a cover of Alice In Chains’ ‘Nutshell’ there is way too much on offer but I would reach out and grab the lot down, defying whatever others think. Kicking classic rock noise with no concession made.
Let’s hear another helping soon, lads.
By Dave Attrill
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