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by Devils Creek

Fifth album from this British trio, a mix of melodic and hard rocking blues, and featuring the wailing Fender Stratocaster of maverick frontman Bjorn Guy.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. Hippy Ways
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2. Heartbreaker
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3. In the Box
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4. Me and the Devil
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5. Lost Control At the Wheel
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6. Atonement
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7. Summer Rain
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8. Me Myself and I
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9. No Way to Live
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Album Notes
Courtesy of Blues Rock Review - "Listening to Devils Creek’s past work would be enough to convince you that the band was an experiment in cryogenic freezing in the 70s, and that after being thawed in 2006 they picked up right where they’d left off. Known for having a very typical 70s hard rock/blues sound, Devils Creek has been treated as a time-machine of sorts, providing current music for all listeners who desperately miss the simplicity of the music of generations past.

Of course, Devils Creek has been criticized from time to time for never really bringing anything new to the table. Their fourth release, Teeth, feels like an attempt to remedy this. The changes are subtle, certainly nothing that would offend their fan base. Bass lines occasionally are given special treatment. “Heartbreaker” is actually built around a bass riff. The strongest material seems to be the more riff-oriented tracks, usually featuring a southern-styled acoustic guitar played with a slide, like in “Me and the Devil” and “In the Box.” Long-time fans will particularly appreciate songs like “Summer Rain,” which feels like a 70s British hard rock song reminiscent of The Sweet (and, of course, the ever-persisting Rory Gallagher comparisons apply here too).

All-in-all, Teeth feels like at times it strives to create a distinctive “Devils Creek” sound, and then rather than fully embracing it the record chooses to just brush shoulders with it on occasion. Somehow though, Devil Creek makes this work. “Hippy Ways” can’t comfortably be called some incarnation of 70s hard rock, but it can’t really be called anything else, either. “Atonement” is equally perplexing – almost a ballad, but not quite, eventually culminating in a well-executed guitar solo. The album ends with a traditional twelve-bar blues track, “No Way to Live.” At seven and a half minutes, this jam-oriented track is the album’s longest.

Teeth isn’t in any way a departure from Devils Creek’s previous three releases. If anything, the subtle differences on Teeth do a good job of providing songs and sounds that can contrast each other nicely while still working comfortably within Devils Creek’s set paradigm. Hard Rock for hard rock fans, Devils Creek has discovered what it is they do best and on Teeth, they do it".

Devils Creek info -

A solid testament to the enduring power and influence of Blues and Rock - especially the variety in which a wailing Fender Stratocaster comes front and centre.

Inspired by the classic guitar-driven blues rock of the late 60's and 70's, Cornish power trio Devils Creek are keeping alive the time honoured traditions first forged by greats such as Rory Gallagher, Ten Years After and Johnny Winter.

Formed in 2006, and fronted by maverick guitarist/vocalist Bjorn Guy, the band features a crack rhythm section in bassist Tim Chapple and drummer Alan Ibbotson.

The band have released five albums to date

The 2008 debut album “Bullfrog Blues” combined a classic approach with an attack favoured by heavy rock, particularly evident in the ultra heavy bass sound not normally heard in the genre. Featuring a hard driving electric version of Rory Gallagher's "Seven Days" which would surely make the late great Irish guitarist proud, the entire offering is a solid testament to the enduring power and influence of blues inflected rock.

2010 saw the release of the bands second album “Working the Chains”. The album received a good deal of airplay, including Rick Wakeman’s Planet Rock show.

The band’s album “th3rds” was released in 2011.

“Live at the Proms” – a live album recorded at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance was released in January 2012.

The band has gigged solidly since 2006, and gigs included The Welsh International Bike Show, The Bideford Blues Festival, dates in Europe, as well as a multitude of pub/club gigs !!.

Gigs for 2012 included the Abertillery Blues Festival.


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