Citing influences including Dire Straits and Eric Clapton, a listener might anticipate music from Izzie’s Caravan to sit comfortably within the blues / rock genre. However, the band’s latest single, ‘Drownin’ Man’s Blues’, opens with shades of raw 60s-70s style rock n’ roll. The track’s introduction channels early Iggy and the Stooges, featuring a raw power and excitement that charges into the first verse. Throughout the verses, the combination of a barely overdriven rhythm guitar part, funk-based groove conversational vocals provide an interesting contrast to the introduction. A lyrical reference to Mississippi pays tribute to the origin of Izzie’s musical inspiration, and offers authenticity to the raucous aesthetic of the band. The listener is placed front and centre of a sweaty dive-bar gig that burns like the bourbon they have just cavalierly thrown down their neck. Structurally, ‘Drowning’ Man’s Blues’ is dynamic and makes full utility of some excellent guitar work in the middle section. The production emphasises the valve saturated tones of each instrument to taste. Izzie’s Caravan is a band that is sure to bring the house down during a live set, given the polished musicianship which underpins its casually cool visage. To conclude, Izzie’s Caravan is not just another blues / rock band. There is something special and unique here, and in a contest of sink or swim, I predict the latter.
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