Western Sand are a rock band, that has hit the ground running. They posess energy, passion and musical ability that helps deliver a awesome live performance. They work hard, and play hard! The momentum these guys have found, has unfolded to support slots with Nazareth, Reckless Love, Heavens Basement, and the new tour with the infamous Black Star Riders.
These four lads, have a swagger that adds up with the music to create a stunning, explosive format that you will love.
The first track on the EP is 'A Place I Call Home' that is a ballsy southern rock feel. Think of Black Stone Cherry and you know where I am coming from. Its momentum has every bit a head turner, from the guitar riffs, the gritty vocals, and the solid grooves from the back line. What a great way to begin an EP/album. 'Take It Away' takes you to a more early Aerosmith meets Jimi Hendrix guitar and bass line but with an Morrocan twist thrown into the mix for the introduction. Then the beat changes to something like early Led Zepplin. The vocals are like an amalgation of Steve Tyler meets a strutting Mick Jagger. Even the riffage is reminsicent of early AC/DC and Black Label Society.
The pace is slowed down by 'Broken Bones' the third installment of this mini-album, or so you think. Then the British Southern Sluggers ensure their right of passage is evolving as Zakk Wlyde would be proud of the way the song is layed out in front of your with their hearts on the sleeve. Finally, 'Welcome to the Badlands' gives you everything else that you could possibily ever need from a mini-album.
All I can say is, Hail to the British Southern Sluggers, I cannot wait for the end of the year, to hear these guys play live.
Almost perfection, only one critiscism, is that I wanted more. If those 4 tracks, are an example of what is to come. We should all be rocking out to these guys.
9/10 Andy for Eyes From The Mosh Pit