Take the gritty garage sound of Jamie Morgan’s guitar playing and throw in the unique and addictive backbeat of Carla Viegas, and you’ve got Rabbit Foot. The duo from the UK’s Dark Tales EP is a five-track release that could keep you dancing all the way through. The opening track, “She Comes To Me” combines Viegas’ soulful vocals and Morgan’s heavy rhythmical work with African-inspired drum beats, for a sound the band describes on Facebook as “Voodoo flavoured, African infused, Swamp Boogie Blues.” The second track, “Stubborn Child,” gives us a chance to hear Morgan’s bluesy and passionate vocals this time as well as his intense soloing.
“Suite 136” is a bluesy duet between Morgan and Viegas, with some added percussive elements for a seriously funky beat. “Tip My Hat” is probably the EP’s best track, with another of Viegas’ captivating beats—playing with the snare off and no cymbals, her drum style is definitely exciting and explosive for the contemporary blues genre. “Tip My Hat” is also a great moment for Morgan, with awesome, catchy guitar riffs and some nice soloing on this track that any blues fan will love. The last song on the EP, “1234,” is a very high-energy track with my favorite of Viegas’ backbeats, for which Morgan pulls out the wah pedal and starts wailing.
All in all, the Dark Tales EP is irresistible blues, and really shows how contemporary musicians are playing off of both tradition and innovation to create something both fresh and new, yet recognizably bluesy and down to earth. Be on the look out for new releases by these guys, as the Dark Tales EP is Part 1 of 2.
The Review: 8.5/10
The Big Hit
– Tip My Hat
Review by Eileen Quaranto