Feel like I’ve been a bit neglectful with the blog of late, and it feels like I’ve been neglecting a child. So, this week I think I’m gonna bring you a whole load of recommendations. And I hope you’ve seen I’ve been busy as a worker bee in the meantime. But let’s get on with it, I hope you’re ready to get some groovy rockin’ on with … Sky Valley Mistress.
These just might be the heaviest thing I’ve recommended, but I gotta tell ya, I saw them live and they blew me away. And they might just be the furthest afield band I’ve written about. Hailing from Lancashire this female fronted rockin’ four-piece have been down the East Midlands a few times, and are seriously putting the work in getting around the country and spreading their wings, flying out of the little Northern town of Darwen, Blackburn’s little sister.
Maximum respect to them for grafting, writing proper tunes, and packin’ some groove in with rockin’. Talented musicians, and a vocal punch, and they’re seriously cool. As anyone who might know me would tell you that when music gets any heavier than Led Zeppelin, I’m out. This lot get it just right, just for me and the competent nods towards Jack White’s erstwhile output gives you an indicator of their musical influence, above all they’re damn good.
I saw them first at The Shed in Leicester and drummer Max handed me a card with a kind of QR code on it that I took home, scanned and it linked me to their video, ‘The Day of the Lion’, and it is cool as the proverbial f-word, and stars, as it turned out my almost sister-in-law, just highlighting how serendpitously beautiful 2014 has been so far. We’re all connected, us beautiful and positive people.
So, here you go, get some Dirty Blonde Blues down yer neck and enjoy … talk tomorrow, Peace, Love & Tea, MHx
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