Stormcellar are a roots and boogie based band from Australia playing the local Australian version of Americana, coined by Australian Dj's as as 'Ozicana' - a mix of Urban Folk, roots, Country and Blues, with an electric side to it.
Described as 'The Rolling Stones fronted by James Taylor' (but with bigger cojones) by 'No Depression' magazine, this is a songwriting and performing band with 2 #1 albums to their credit and chart positions in Australia, France and the US.
There's something about these guys, about the songs. It's hard to pin down. Songs like 'Same Old Blues' and 'Can't tax love' have a catchiness and riff fueled energy, 'Mississippi Meltdown' shows of their love of the boogie, but I think their true mettle can be seen in the out-of-the-box songs, about trains in Japan, lost loves in Samoa, Australian Folk Outlaws, or their psychedelic Afro Blues song 'Sweet Misery'. This is a story telling band and their styles fit their subject matter.
Musically, they are formed from the traditional bones of a Blues/Roots band - an electric five piece with a solid rhythm section, Slide Guitar and Harmonica; you could be forgiven for thinking you're up for a night with Canned Heat, but that's just what the boys listen to on their own time.
Add Mandolin, the occasional fiddle, the beautiful dynamic ranges of their regular partners in crime, the Southern Belles and add a lead singer with a range from Basso Profundo to Counter Tenor and you've got something interesting.
Still, it all comes down to the songs. I am still amazed that a band with as many songs that are stuck in my head the day after I have heard them isn't more widely heard. We don't hum a band, we hum a song.
Stormcellar have a lot of songs I hum and I think you might too.