Paul Hegley sure knows how to rock and roll. He packs a powerhouse of sound into a four track EP on Shelter. Hailing from Bedfordshire, England, Paul sails his blues inspiration over to our airwaves. With undertones of blues greats, and the freshly drawn blood of the latest in the alternative blues rock scene, this EP will garner much praise and respect.
The first track screams across your speakers, as it builds into a raunchy, raucous noise, set to host the next Heineken commercial, Hanni El Khatib style. Rolling right into the next, Paul packs distorted vocals and squealing guitar with a heavy drum kick. The range isn’t quite there for this young talent, but he makes up for it by making the best of his gritty, yet soulful chops. On “Casino Square,” an up-tempo swing merges rhythm and blues with some licks that bite. Paul’s edgy vocals flow well and shed light on a certain fury within. This culminates in a rebel yell to close it out.
A certain new age blues seem to have swept the airwaves of late. With bands of Black Keys and Jack White magnitude gaining beloved followings, light is shed on a stronghold in the industry. Blues is alive and well in this EP, merging garage rock with the styles that inspired the states and British invasion alike, quite the cyclical trend one might say.
The Review: 8.5/10
The Big Hit
– Casino Square
Review by Don Tice