Occasionally here at MetalTalk towers, we get sent CDs from unsigned bands for us to review and even more occasionally, one of the CDs turns out to be a revelation – with the 'Motherlode' EP being one such disc.
Not being familiar with the band before, a bit of investigation reveals that the band are a formidable three piece from Milton Keynes who have been around since 2000 and have been getting a good live reputation through high profile support slots to established acts as ex-Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, Focus and Wishbone Ash.
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Although it's a mere three tracks long, this EP is just fantastic from start to finish. 'Trouble Coming' is probably my favourite track of the three and kicks things off with a doomy almost Black Sabbath sound (think 'Master Of Reality') before Graham Fieldhouses' vocals drop into the mix and suddenly the track takes on a different light entirely.
His voice is soft and tuneful, in the vein of Paul Rodgers, and the slow moody track just oozes quality with it's easy to remember chorus. Simon Alexander breaks things up with an astounding guitar solo that just stretches and stretches before the vocals come back into the mix. An absolutely stunning track that certainly makes it onto my play list for August 2013.
So what are the other two tracks like, I hear you ask? Well, unsurprisingly, they are just as good. 'Holy Water' is a more mid-paced track than the previous one with its catchy guitar hook from Alexander not to mention another supreme guitar solo, whilst Neil McBride holds the rock steady beat on the drums in the background. I pretty much guarantee that after only a couple of listens, this song will be reverberating round your head - catchy doesn't even begin to describe it.
Tempo-wise the final track, 'Losing Balance' is a track that places itself firmly in between the previous two tracks and it's another solid song which showcases the bands individual talents. A slight effect to Fieldhouses' vocals gives it a slightly strange sound, but you tend not to notice it too much by the time the songs is finished.
Again, McBride holds a solid beat on drums whilst also showing his skill with a couple of short fills whilst the guitar riff from Alexander blends nicely into his solo, which again, is just fantastic.
This is certainly a band I will be keeping on eye on in the future, and if you like a bit of classic rock, I highly recommend that you give these guys a listen.
You can catch Motherlode live here:
Friday 6th September –The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (supporting Pearl Handled Revolver)
Friday 18th October – Blakeney Harbour Room (supporting Julian Sas)
Friday 6th December – The Musician, Leicester (supporting Larry Miller)
Graham Fieldhouse – Bass/Vocals
Simon Alexander –Guitar
Neil McBride – Drums
Official Website: http://www.motherlodeonline.co.uk/index.php