|Won't Be Your Dog, Western Electric
Studio '56, ST561
Western Electric (sometimes abbreviated WECo) was a US electrical engineering company, the manufacturing arm of the Bell Telephone Company from 1881 to 1984 . It was the scene of a number of technological innovations and also some seminal developments in industrial management.
Just kidding of course, our Western Electric is a rockabilly trio from Wigginton, a small town in England, just North-West of London. Dave Clark, vocalist and bass player of the band, send me their first single with two self-penned tracks titled "Won't Be Your Dog" b/w "Holister Ball". Actually "backed with" is not quite the truth, because the songs are released on CD, recorded and produced by the band themselves in their own Studio '56.
It's hard to judge a band's capabilities after hearing just two songs, but I must say that what I heard so far sounds pretty neat. "Won't Be Your Dog" is a rockabilly song with a thumping upright bass and cool guitar licks. The second song "Holister Ball" is a mix of rockabilly and hillbilly with lapsteel or bottleneck guitar. Both songs are recorded in the early Sun Records tradition. Great vocals too.
The guys are already writing and recording an album with their own songs which will be released at the end of this year. I'm already looking forward to hearing that too. The single is available from Dave Clark, address below.
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2005