Jersey Rockers “Empire Escorts” have recently released their self-titled EP, in preparation for their USA tour in late May. There is nothing better than blues influenced heavy rock including; catchy guitar riffs with bass hooks, southern guitar themes and slides, driving drum beats and powerful melodic vocals. Empire Escorts represent all that is great about the rock genre.
The first track, “Electric Whiskey,” is reminiscent of The Black Keys due to the opening guitar riff, however Joe McCaig’s vocals are gritty and raw, conveying the lyrics with emotive, power and angst.
This band will tick all of the boxes for you if you like raw rock at its best. Each track has a strong, dramatic, rebellious energy, which the listener can relate to, due to the pure unrestrained feel of an exposed live performance. Brilliant stomach turning, but appropriate guitar solos are cleverly positioned within the arrangement of each song, creating great transitions between each musical section.
Empire Escorts have the energy and tenacity of any great rock band, with heavy riffs and powerful vocals, providing a beautifully clear sound. However they are in danger of a lack of diversity, as the first three songs tend to merge into one. Although it is a great sound, they need to continue to work to make sure each track stands out against the next. Apart from that, this band has an undeniable passion and energy that is contagious.
The Review: 8/10
The Big Hit
– Electric Whiskey
Review by Steph Heath