Albany Down are Paul Muir on Vox, Paul Turley on Guitars, Billy Dedman on Bass and Donna Peters on Drums have just released album number 3, entitled ‘The Outer Reach’. Once again they have stuck with award winning producer Greg Haver, and once again they have delivered a very accomplished record.
Opening with ‘Feeding The Flame’, the band are firing on all six here, a good solid rocker to start things off, then followed by another more bluesy number ‘Do You Want Me Now’. Just as you settle down to expect more of the same, they chuck the curveball ‘Supersonic Girl’ at you, a superb slab of jazz funk complete with horns…………and guitars. Billy Dedman lays down a fluid yet powerful bass rhythm which really underpins the song.
In ‘Mr Hangman’ we have a Southern Rock vibe cutting through the song, Paul’s slide guitar work on this track is great, just on the right side of rocking. Paul Muir’s voice has been outstanding so far, rich, powerful and full of emotion, and on this he really delivers.
‘Home’ delivers a cutting acoustic and vocal message of something so simple, yet so compelling, just the desire to go “home”. The Hammond organ accompaniment adds a great depth to the track.
‘Revolution’ delivers a powerful message in this four minute track, the rich and the haves, against the poor and have nots, a superb piece of writing, both musically and lyrically.
‘The Drop’, is almost a freeform track, I bet it would be great at a live gig, allowing the song to adapt with each new environment, Donna peters keep this track in line with a wonderful bit of powerhouse drumming against which Paul Turleys staccato playing threatens to pull it all apart.
‘Look What You’ve Done To Me’ is back in normal rock territory, while closing ballad ‘Sing Me To Sleep’ is certainly no filler, indeed it just makes you want to go and play the whole album again in case you have missed something, and it is more than likely that you did, the musicianship and lyrics are really first class and thought provoking at times.
An amazing third release by Albany Down that must surely put them on the rock and roll map.
01. Feeding The Flame.
02. Do You Want Me Now.
03. Supersonic Girl.
04. Mr Hangman.
05. Like A Bullet.
08. The Drop.
09. Look What You Done To Me.
10. I Need You.
11. Sing Me To Sleep.
Released Friday 10th June 2016
CD, 180 gram Vinyl, Digital Download
ALBANY DOWN – THE OUTER REACH
2016 UK ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR
SOUTHAMPTON – TALKING HEADS
FRIDAY 6th MAY 2016
(SUPPORTING CORKY LAING)
Tickets: £12 / Book Online: http://talkingheads.vticket.co.uk
Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BN
FROME – BLUES RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 8th MAY 2016
Tickets: £22 / Box Office: www.fromebluesfestival.co.uk
The Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Justine Laine, Frome, BA11 1BE
LONDON – 100 CLUB
TUESDAY 31st MAY 2016
Tickets: £11 / Box Office: www.wegottickets.com/100club/event/342854
100 CLUB, 100 OXFORD STREET, LONDON, W1D 1LL
SCUNTHORPE – THE LINCOLN IMP
FRIDAY 3rd JUNE 2016
Tickets: £6 / Box Office: 01724 840 981
The Lincoln IMP, Gloucester Avenue, Scunthorpe, DN16 2DN
MILTON KEYNES – THE STABLES
FRIDAY 17th JUNE 2016
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01908 280 800
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavedon, MK17 8LU
CLEETHORPES BLUES RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 19th JUNE 2016
Tickets: £29 / Box Office: www.cleethorpesbluesfestival.co.uk
Pleasure Island, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0PL
CHISLEHURST – THE BEAVERWOOD CLUB
TUESDAY 21 JUNE 2016
Tickets: £10 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
The Beaverwood Club, Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6HF
OXFORD – THE BULLINGDON
MONDAY 11th JULY 2016
Tickets: £8 / Box Office: www.wegottickets.com/event/354662
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE
WHITEHAVEN – ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 12th AUGUST 2016
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: www.mightyboofpromotions.com
Copeland Stadium, Overend Road,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8SD
HARTLEPOOL UNITED SUPPORTERS CLUB
SATURDAY 13th AUGUST 2016
Tickets: £10 / Box Office: 07535 979 658
140 Sandringham Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS26 8PS