The new Daddy Long Legs album is out on September 17th (though you can grab it in our shop now !)
A couple of great reviews have rolled in this week !
From the Maple Blues Magazine
A straight up CD of traditional electric blues and a good one it is too.
The 2008 winners of the MBA for Best New Artist debut their 5th disc on September 17th.
The Waterloo based quartet has certainly found their sweet spot here with what they call their’ garage blues’.
Mike Elliott is the guitarist and vocalist, Chris ‘Junior’ Malleck is on harp, Steve toms on bass and Jeff Wagner on drums. Elliott is an excellent singer and guitarist with Junior’s harp as co-lead, often doubling the guitar part, a bit different from the norm. Their mix of hard-drinking house rockers and heart-wrenching soul searchers’ is programmed very well indeed, with the title song, a solid rocker, leading off – short & sharp.
The soulful “Lonely” shows they’ve got the second part well covered too – good melody & arrangement, lyrics sung with conviction. “Borrowed Time” ‘s infectious groove makes it a highlight and it has a nice guitar solo too. “40 Hours” covers the hard drinking part, with help from “Get Drunk And Be Someone” & “Half Pint”. Overdone perhaps but bands do play in bars don’t they ? “Dug My Own Grave” turns the wattage down a bit for a slow blues that concludes the disc nicely. It’s a particulary good example of the band’s ability to tackle the usual subject matter in non-hackneyed ways.
Some unadorned bar band blues, no guests, no extra instruments, it’s exactly what you’ll hear when you see them next. Check out www.daddylonglegs.ca to find out where and when.
From The Blues Undreground Network
For those of you whom like your Blues dialed up a few notches, Daddy Long Legs new release, "The Devil's In The Details", is the album for you, as they deliver big time, with 11 mostly Kick Ass Garage Blues tunes, that will show you why they are rapidly gaining immense recognition throughout the Canadian Blues Community and Beyond.
Daddy Long Legs was formed in 2001 and are presently based in Waterloo, Ontario. They are a band whom are "focused on developing their own songs and sounds, trying to emulate, but not imitate, their favourite blues artists". It is this focus on their music which has already lead them to a lot of accolades and acclaim with them winning a Maple Blues Award in 2008 for Best New Artist, followed by a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2009 for Favourite Blues Band and "a chance to represent the Grand River Blues Society in the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN ."
Daddy Long Legs raucous and super energetic live shows have lead them to an almost cult-like status, throughout Southern Ontario, as they serve up what they like to call Canadian Garage Blues; "ragged and greasy in all the right places ", a bit similar to 50's style rock a billy/rock n roll feel in some parts. Daddy Long Legs are a four piece band which feature Mike Elliott (Guitar/Vocals), Chris “Junior” Malleck (Harmonica/Backing Vocals), Steve Toms (Bass/Tambourine/Kick Drum/Backing Vocals), and Jeff Wagner (Drums).
"The Devil's In The Details" consists of 11 jammed packed Tracks of all new originals all written by Daddy Long Legs. "The Devil's In The Details" is the bands 5th release and their second release for Busted Flat Records, an independent record label based in Kitchener, Ontario.
At the bottom of their Press Release mail out for "The Devil's In The Details", it states that, "This ain't your Grandma's Blues. This is Daddy Long Legs", and after giving the album a few good listens I most certainly agree. "The Devil's In The Details", for the most part comes at you hot and heavy, with a lot of great Guitar, Drums, Bass, Harp, and Vocals, with only really two slow yet very enjoyable Tracks, "Lonely" and "Dug my Own Grave". For comparisons of what the band sounds like, I guess you could say a cross between MonkeyJunk and The Twisters, with it leaning a bit more towards the former and more intense than either.
For a couple of favorites off of "The Devil's In The Details", I chose the opening title Track and the closing Track "Dug My Own Grave". Both of these Tracks were at opposite ends of the spectrum with "The Devil's In The Details" being a full blown gnarly blues rockin' grinder and "Dug My Own Grave" being a slow tempo acoustical sounding Track.
"The Devil's In The Details", was certainly the one that immediately caught my attention as they wasted no time at all grinding out a beauty of a song. My number one favorite Track on the album, for sure.
"Dug My Own Grave" brought a nice old times Blues feel to the mix to relax us all a bit and nicely finish off the album. This one had a little bit of a acoustical stones feel to it.
When it comes to the Blues I love it all, and I especially love it when I come across a band that really brings their own special unique sound to the table. Daddy Longs Legs does just that with "The Devil's In The Details", and they do it brilliantly.
"The Devil's In The Details" had absolutely no problem debuting in #1 position on my Blues Underground Network's Canadian Top 10 Blues/Blues Rock Chart, for the week of August 25, 2013, and I suspect it will be #1 for a fair bit.
Highly Recommended and Thoroughly Enjoyed...