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Blues Arcadia EP review

Blues Arcadia’s debut EP by the same name is seven original songs running the gamut of the blues.

These musicians are the real thing with nothing to hide.

Recording live to tape meant absolute commitment to every moment of the songs. Blues Arcadia

Songwriters Alan Boyle (vocals) and Chris Harvey (guitar) make our world a better place. Listen to Blues Arcadia and they will take you on a blues train, riding shades of rock, country and Motown. On tracks “Take The Money”, “Rockin’ Chair”, “Miss Lonely” and “Operator Please”, Boyle’s upbeat and raunchy story-telling is sometimes interspersed with stabbing horns, and plenty of blues-infused instrumental conversations from guitar and keys.

“Here Comes The Rain” is a timeless ballad. Boyle’s voice almost cracks painfully over Harvey’s gentle guitar; simple, honest, beautiful. Pianist Parmis Rose joins with clear, proud chords, and they take us to a space where everyone has been, in the quiet moments of a life. Here comes the rain, I feel it fallin’ on my face.

Rose opens “Time and Again” with Boyle, her open modern chords presenting all sorts of possibilities for this song, before Harvey’s guitar paints a rhythm ‘n’ blues hue over it.

, Blues Arcadia EP review

“Corner Girls” is the lackadaisical blues of dusty roads, wooden shacks, Southern Comfort and the anticipation that comes with ice in a glass. Boyle sings of bitterness and the need to move on, his whiskey-laced tones underscored by honky-tonk keys and the plaintive wail of Harvey’s lead guitar.

You’ve got to be on the same page, musically speaking, when you’re writing songs. I think as a band within the blues genre, we have something different to say. We’re not trying to sound like everybody else, and we are finding our own voice, which is where the songwriting comes into it. We draw on all kinds of music. Our new EP’s not necessarily a blues album, it’s got all kinds of stuff going on. Chris Harvey

Find Blue Arcadia here and buy the EP.

About the band

Based in Brisbane, Blues Arcadia was formed by Alan Boyle (vocals), Chris Harvey (guitar) and Jeremy Klysz (bass), together with Parmis Rose (keyboard) and Steve Robin (drums) in early 2016.

The songwriting partnership of Boyle and Harvey began with a previous project The Bella Reunion, whose debut release “Introducing…” went straight to number 1 in the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart in 2015.

The Blues Arcadia EP was recorded by Mike ‘Beachy’ Wild at The Barn Studios in rural Queensland.

In 2015 the band received an Australian Blues Music Award as Best New Talent and a Queensland Music Award nomination, and they have performed at many festivals in Australia including the Byron Bay Bluesfest.

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Joanna is British Australian. Her early career was in financial news in London. That ended in 2008. Joanna moved to Sabah, her parents’ birthplace, where she wrote a blog about musicians, which became a book. Joanna came to Australia in 2012 and started this blog — her second. These days, she writes mostly about music, her garden, and trips to Sabah. Oh, and Wookie the Havanese.

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