He’s got a beard that’ll give Billy Gibbons a run for his money…almost, and a guitar on top of that! P.L. Williamson, hailing from the great city of Melbourne, just launched his solo career. Whirlwind, his debut EP, takes us on a ride through what he describes as “my alien encounter, lost love, gambling and my hat.” Quite the diverse thematic right there. P.L.’s take on that good old foot stompin’ blues gives his tracks an edge that cuts like a knife.
Each track begins with an escalating riff, followed by the kick drum to keep that backbeat you can’t help but stomp along with. The album’s title track, “Whirlwind,” hits hard with a distorted slide, accompanied by a kick and a slap, making use of both feet to generate the percussion. Its somewhat frivolous yet fun and catchy chorus offers a tune to sing along to. “Old Friend,” P.L.’s tale of love lost, is a gentle ballad woven with soulful harmonies. “One Armed Bandit” is a bellowing cry out for an escape from poor spending habits, with a tantalizing beat to back it up. The meticulous layering of riffs and gritty, passionate rebel yell gives P.L. Williamson a sound all his own.
This Aussie’s talent is evident from the first lick. This guy can shred with the best of them, and he can sing the blues. P.L. Williamson puts out as much gusto as a full band with his guitar and foot percussion-a must see live. Get him while he’s hot. These fresh tracks are hot off the press.
The Review: 8/10
The Big Hit
Review by Don Tice