Poor Billy combines rootsrock with their very own musical style. They build a bridge between past and present, and between American and European musictradition.
They play modern rock with a raw, energy-filled and passionate atmosphere.
The singer Karsten Olesen finds inspiration for the stories he tells, in his imagination and in haphazard observations. These stories are the foundation for Poor Billys musical universe.
The album is produced and mixed by Thomas Alstrup
Mastering Björn Engelmann
Coverdesign Nils Sloth
Review from billybop.be
About three years ago I was introduced to the music of Poor Billy, a band from Denmark with lots of blues and American roots influences. If “Moonlight Stranger”, the previous album of the band was inspired by the blues, “Brother Wake Up” shows us a total different band with lots of newfound influences and energy.
Today Poor Billy is matured, their sound is more Rock orientated but still comes with a majority of roots influences. Dobro, Lap Steel, Blues Harp and Pump Organ are still some of the main ingredients of their music, but the atmosphere is changed for sure. It seems that a lot of other influences crept in over the years. Names like Nick Cave or genres like Southern Gothic are never far away on this album.
“Electric Fields” is hauntingly beautiful thanks to the inclusion of the lap Steel / slide effects, title track “Brother Wake Up” feels like a Captain Beefheart song and on “Shut Up Baby please” the band stamps their angst and angriness into one song! However that is how it feels on a first listening but when listening close to the lyrics, references to Frank Zappa and his Sheik Yerbouti album (pronounce as Shake Your Bootie) can be found in the lyrics. “Shut Up Baby” is without doubt a tune that must be considered as a tribute to the big man. “Drifters Wife” brings us back to a point of tranquility on this album. But not for long cause “No that Devil” immediately kicks in again with a good blues rocking sound. Closing the album is “By The Door of Hell” in which the aforementioned pump organ finally starts to grown. Somehow a mood that reminds me to “The Doors” seems to take over by moments although the influences of Southern Gothic and Dark Folk are unmistakably the biggest power here.
A must have for each of you who has an acquired taste or has a darker soul. If you are a fan of Jay Munley, 16 Horsepower or Slim Cessna’s autoclub, chances are big you’ll dig this one as well.
Mr. Blue Boogie.