|BLINKit, Rock Billy Boogie!
Early 2003 BLINKit released a new CD single on the BluesGems label with two songs, "Looking Like Elvis" and "Cadillac Rock". The new full length CD titled "Shake It" will be released later this year.
BLINKit was born in 1998 in Belgium. The musicians were very succesful in former bands "Irish Coffee" and "De Tekenen". Inspiration for their music is american roots music, the 50's, and they believe rockabilly is a beautiful blend of these musical influences. BLINKit's playlist is made up by self written music. Of course, they also play standards by Johnny Burnette, Gene Vincent, Elvis Presley, Eddy Cochran, and manu more. They perform this unique style of music with a never ending powerful and energetic attitude. The driving guitar licks, wild slappin' stand-up bass, heavy snare-drum backbeat and frantic vocals will really move you. BLINKit is rockabilly 'pur sang', with a little rhythm & blues mixed in by the Mighty Blue Cloud Horn Section.
The album is a collection of all time great rockabilly classics, songs that are on every rocker's favourite list. Apart from one self-penned song titled "Midnight Train", you won't find any surprises in the tracklisting, but you might just be surprised by the music. A greasy slapping bass, clear lead guitar and a steady drum beat make a good clean sound on most of the rockabilly classics. On "Don't Bug Me Baby" Luc throws in a bit of distortion, nice touch, the song really rocks! Fabulous lead instros on the blues rocker "Hidden Charms", and then the announced horn section is activated on Johnny Burnette's "Rock Billy Boogie". Not really a song that needs a horn section, but it's a different sound and not too bad at all. Some more blues and horns on Gene Vincent's "Baby Blue" and Louis Prima's "Pennies From Heaven" sounds great with the Mighty Blue Cloud Horn Section. William Souffreau's "Midnight Train" is a mix of rhythm & blues, jazz and rockabilly. I think William should definitly write more songs for the band. Another nice surprise is the classic Aran Katschaturian composition "Sabre Dance", in Dick Dale's surf arrangement. If you like this song (I do), try finding a copy of Dave Edmund's Love Sculpture version too, it'll knock you dead! The last track is Wayne Hancock's "Juke Joint Jumping" with lotsa lap-steel. Well, I still think a steel guitar is a specific country instrument and, although it's used more and more lately, it always sounds a bit weird when used in rockabilly. Apart from that, this is a pretty good debut album, with a few nice surprises and a very good sound.
William Souffreau: leadvocals, acoustic guitar. In the early seventies, lead singer and composer of the famous and legendary "Irish Coffee". After that he went solo and wrote 4 CD's.
Hugo Verhoye: drums, vocals. Drummer of "Irish Coffee" and blues performer with "The Night Time Heroes" .
Luc de Clus: leadguitar, lapsteel. Guitar player with "Wim de Craene" and member of Irish Coffee, Joystick and Dizzy Fingers.
Filip de Braekeleer: double bass, vocals. Former member of Rockabilly-bands "De Tekenen" and "Yancatooz".
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2002