The Swamp Born Assassins – The Lockdown Sessions (acoustic)

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The Swamp Born Assassins

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On February 5, 2021
Last modified:February 5, 2021

Summary:

The Swampers mellow out but still have that grit flowing through these songs.

The Swamp Born Assassins will give them a good seeing to and they do so with ease to the four songs featured on their ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ (Acoustic) EP. Released on the 8th of February 2021.

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Now then, now then, now then, if any band should have an acoustic punt at their electric songs then The Swamp Born Assassins will give them a good seeing to and they do so with ease to the four songs featured on their ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ (Acoustic) EP. Released on the 8th of February 2021. Two songs come from their debut album Smell The Mud and two from the follow-up Dead Man’s Train.

Formed in Glasgow 2015, these lairy hairies open up with ‘The Weeping Tree’ from Dead Man’s Train but the only weeping here are tears of joy as they turn the original version right round by giving it a fingerpicking seeing to. Guitar work ebbs and flows around a suave lead vocal from Charlie Moffat.

‘Out In The Rain’ from Smell The Mud is a glorious dirge. I’m not sure how much mud is in Glasgow but they sound like they are dragging through something by the sludgy grooves that are given an extra edge by ear-piercing harmonica work from Charlie.

‘Rise Up’ from Dead Man’s Train has already been released as a single and is an anthem in the making in acoustic form as traditional instruments add a patriotic edge to this overwhelming song. Guitar lines are hypnotic and the chest-beating choruses are a vociferous call to arms. A midway bass guitar bombast is the catalyst for a serious string bending outro.

Final track ‘Gator Hole’ arrives far too soon. From the Smell The Mud album, it’s an uptempo hoedown to close the EP with as well as being a full-on shitkicker that takes no prisoners. Charlie’s lyrics walk the walk and talk the talk and a pause for breath sees it end on some sumptuous bluegrass rhythms. One more thing Charlie. Can you give us sassenachs our goal posts back, please?

Links to the band can be found below :- https://www.facebook.com/TheSwampBornAssassins

The Swampers mellow out but still have that grit flowing through these songs.

About Dennis Jarman

Full time downtrodden album/gig reviewer and part time rock God!
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