"A blistering follow up to The Boogie Worm. Busted Broken and Blue deserves to regarded as a 2010 blues obelisk".... Rock'n'Reel R2 Magazine
"This band give one heck of an example of how to make a stonking album. Brilliant music."..... Maverick Magazine
This record reflects our diverse influences. From the trashy Blues and Hip-Hop of Maxwell st, when the ghosts of blues legends past get together for one last jam, to the Freddy King inspired rockin blues of Never Saw the Devil. Waiting at the Station, a real foot stompin blues, has something from Larry Graham and Sly and the Family Stone about it. Low-down sweet n dirty has a soulful Gospel vibe that harks back to the great Al Green. Who knows what we were thinking when we recorded Live My Life to Sing the Blues? With it’s gospel chorus and Godzilla bass-line – it‘s when Pesos go bad! In contrast Still in love is a rootsy acoustic ballad - double bass and Dobros. Next stop, Busted Broken and Blue, a Jump Jive epic, with a taste of Brian Setzer. Day Becomes Night is another blues with that 24Pesos twist and soulful groove. And last but not least, Neckbones and Gumbo, a New Orleans romp espousing the virtues of the more ample female form.
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Busted Broken And Blue
added: 22 Jul 2010 // release date: 19 Jul 2010 // label: Ourgate
reviewer: Andy Snipper
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Great stuff – big, rollicking Blues and just a touch of Mexicali magic - 24 Pesos are on the rise and this album demonstrates why. It also makes a big statement about the quality of the Blues in Britain today – healthy, very.
All the songs on this album are originals but there is a history lesson in just about every track. They touch on so many influences – no surprises for acknowledging Freddie King and Howlin Wolf as influences but not too many can get the funk feel of the Meters or the dirty raunch and nastiness of James Brown into their sound without outright copying and these guys really can – hell, they even get some Louis Jourdan swing in on the title number.
Underpinning the guitars and some gorgeous Dobro slide is what sounds like a genuine Hammond B3 and those rolling chords give the sound a fat and rich tone that most bands don’t get near to.
You can hear the live sound of the band and I would hazard a guess that they are a brilliant live act but the production is very tasty and it avoids squashing the life out of the band.
Favorite tracks are probably the opener, ‘Maxwell Street’; ‘In The Summertime’, a rap over a slide and harmonica groove-tune; the closer ‘Neckbone And Gumbo’ with a real N’Orleans Meters/Allen Toussaint funk to it and the title track – a real piece of rock ‘n’ roll sass.
This isn’t saying anything that hasn’t been said before but they sound as though they are having a great time making the music they love and the end result is on of the best Saturday night albums of the year.
“Busted Broken And Blue”
Here’s a great album from four-piece London band, 24Pesos – 11 tracks that straddle many genres – a heady mix of blues, funk and soul, with a touch of hip-hop thrown in – all-in-all a very modern blues album, with some ‘old school’ influences on board, and all self-penned by Julian Burdock, who features on vocals, guitar and harmonica.
The rest of the band comprise of Silas Maitland (bass) – who produced the album – with Moz Gamble (organ and backing vocals) and Mike Connolly (drums), together they draw on the funk and soul influences of Al Green, Larry Graham and Sly Stone, the blues of the likes of Freddie King, with the modern flavours of Beck, The Fun Loving Criminals and G Love & Special Sauce!
The opening “Maxwell Street” lays down the template for the album – a possibly sampled spoken word intro, some dynamite slide guitar from Burdock and tasteful organ from Moz Gamble and some funky goings-on from the rhythm section; the following “Never Saw The Devil” again rides on a fine groove with Gamble’s keyboards to the fore and a fine vocal from Julian Burdock – who shows his prowess on amplified harmonica on the ‘lowdown’ blues of “Waitin’ At The Station”, which builds from a semi-acoustic start, with more powerful guitar work here.
“In The Summertime” has that gently ‘tripping’ hip-hop feel that characterised the work of New York’s Fun Loving Criminals at their peak, with “Lowdown Sweet And Dirty” telling of love for a particular kind of lady – again beautifully delivered by the whole band, with more delicious organ work from Moz Gamble. “Mean What I Say” is a soulful stomper, with a definite nod to the late, legendary James Brown and an album highlight for me.
Elsewhere “Somebody Else” takes the pace down for this acoustic-flavoured ballad, with heartfelt vocal from Burdock; whose guitar playing on the title cut, “Busted Broken And Blue” tears it up Brian Setzer-style on this rip-roaring swinger, with proceedings slowed down again for the penultimate “Day Becomes Night”, a slow blues ballad, and again quite superb. The album closes with a trip down to N’Awlins on the funky “Neckbones And Gumbo” and tons of more guitar and organ – a great closer to one of the best British albums I’ve heard this year!
24 Pesos - Busted, Broken & Blue - 2010
Once in a while a gem passes your way, thanks to Marcus Bonfanti, who recommended to me this band, I got a copy of this cd. To say I have played this cd everyday is an understatement, I have sometimes played it 2 or 3 times. The last time that happened was when I purchased the latest Marcus Bonfanti cd.
If you are willing to take a chance on very modern blues with a modern beat and tempo, then this is for you. Very danceable in places with the musicians getting every bit out their chosen instruments. While chatting to a couple of friends about this cd, we all came to the same conclusion that it reminded us of a concept as to the Fun Lovin' Criminals making a blues recording. That would be a selling point on its own to me.
The songs in the main are on an upbeat with a couple taking it down a step or two to give you a well deserved breather.
The disc opens up with 'Maxwell Street' the story of a musician walking down it and taking in the nostalgia and history of it , great references to Leadbelly, Little Willie and Big Bill Broonzy to name a few. Great start closely followed by the wonderful 'Never Saw The Devil' with its guitar and Hammond intro melody which grooves the whole track, taken over by a great bass line.
'Waitin' At The Station' is my favourite on the cd, if I had to choose one. Briiliant hook with a guitar/harp wailing in the background while Justin sings the opening verse over the top, it then breaks into a groove you just cannot stop tapping your feet to Its as an infectious a song as you are going to hear all year,dominated in the main by the harp the song tells a story of a man losing hs woman and his desperation to find her.
'In The Summertime' is a song that a couple of my friends adore, this is the closest to the aforementioned Fun Lovin Criminals as you will get in the blues.Brilliant hook and groove that I know has had one woman I know waking up with the tune in her head. Great guitar and harp in this song.
Great Dobro on the next track 'Lowdown, Sweet And Dirty' which is about one night stands, the band really shine on this track, again very catchy. 'Livin My Life' has another fantastic hook/groove to keep you dancing and a chorus to singalong to , would go down a treat at any party, The harp again taking centre stage reminiscent of the wonderful Lee Brilleaux in his prime, the is driven by a great bass line, slide dobro soloing.
'Mean What I Say' kicks along in a James Brown vibe again great playing by all concerned on this number. 'Still In Love With My Baby' slows the pace down with a superb slide intro, lyrics venturing into man loses woman territory, lovely keyboards on this track with a gentle slide just below in the mix. A classy song.
The title track has The Stray Cats written all over it, not a bad band to base a sound on., great Brian Setzer style guitar as well, very uptempo and another foot stomper, merges into Joe Jackson as well in his jazz days.
Another slower song 'Day Becomes Night' is your more conventional blues slow number, opening blues guitar solo with keys underneath, probably the best vocal track as well on the cd. I can see this track being covered by more established artists in the future, especially with the room to solo away forever. The guitar and Hammond solos are a joy on this.
'Neckbones And Gumbo' finishes the cd off with a slice of New Orleans depicting the wonders of women. A grand finale to the cd.
Overall this cd is one of the best you will hear this year, it has everything you need for a party, car drive or just plain old listening for pleasure. Having already seen this band live the songs transfer very well to the format. Great songs, great musicians and very good production that gives it a very cool live feel.
Catch them live if they are near you , you won't regret it.