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Showing posts with label Ollie Vee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ollie Vee. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ollie Vee - Into The Dark New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Into The Dark, by Ollie Vee and it's quite outstanding! Opening with To Hell With Your Grey Eyes, lead singer and guitarist, Jesse Adamson leads you on a  euphoric journey. Joined by lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Johnny Vassos who's work is impeccable, Howard Linscott on bass and backing vocals and Adam Perzia on drums, these guys really have it going with a retro country western feel. Excellent opener! Feeling Bad continues in the same vein but with a light taste that reminds me of Frank Black and the Catholics. Very nice. The Filthy Streets has a Bo Diddley beat enhanced by strong bass work by Linscott and cool slide work by Vassos. It's Hot is a great title for this track which runs like it's tail is on fire. With a country western flair and a train feel, this track hits it rocking. Stinging guitar riffs by Vassos and stomping drum work by Perzia is tight. Into The Dark is a beautiful track with nicely blended vocals and lush guitar work giving you the sense of a Roy Orbison but with vocals more to my personal taste. Atmospheric guitar work under straight forward and simple lead work sets a really nice pace. Excellent! Isabel (The Mexican) falls back into a more traditional country western format. I love the rugged guitar undertone and the simple lead melody. Very nice! With a conventional country western beat On A Town Called Low, Adamson takes this band to cool retro country western place and I really like it. Solid vocals, a super melody and tight rhythm give this song radio charisma.  Double step One Track Mind is a great country rocker with a super bass/drum bottom. Adamson delivers nicely on vocal and backing vocals are clean giving this track just the right touch. Baby Blue is a tight little country rocker with a definite 50's early rockabilly feel. Wrapping the release is a different take on the Talking Heads, Psycho Killer. Keeping the vocal inflections of David Byrne is the most obvious hints to the tracks origins with it's country western handling. This is a really nice set and gets a mighty yahoo! Check it out!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ollie Vee - Lonesome Girl - New release review

I just received the newest release, Lonesome Girl, from Ollie Vee and it's really got character. Opening with Ruby Red, a country styled ballad with a cool slide guitar solo and plenty of vibrato. Jesse Adamson (vocal and guitar) is backed by Johnny Vassos (guitar), Howard Linscott (bass) and John Collin (drums). Looking For A Fast Time has that rock a billy sound with solid bass lines and classic guitar riffs. Party Fools is very stylistic (almost gypsy jazz) and really has cool guitar work. A well constructed song, Party Fools shows the bands flexibility. Underneath The Sparks is very classically country in nature with cool use of the guitar whammy bar. Paper Hearts really captures the essence of early rock and roll with understated guitar lead under the melody and tastes of Johnny Cash. Hip Shakin' Baby ventures deeply into the early rock and roll vein and the Bo Diddley style. One of my favorite tracks on the release, instrumental track, New Boots really has some interesting guitar work with heavy use of whammy bar on the melody contrasted against melodic chords. Beautiful! Shinin' Bright is straight down the country (rock roots) road. Adamson is a super vocalist and the band is tight making these 3 minute (or less) tracks Buddy Holley worthy. Right Out Of The Pictures is a transitional '50's - rock track. The guitar work on all of these tracks is really understated but quite interesting. The short solos that do appear are well thought out and instinctively placed. Luck Like Me is a bright little rocker with plenty of pep. This is a straight up dance track and one that is likely to keep the listener on their feet. Last Night is an easy rocker with that country flair. Adamson really has a great voice for this style of music and he enjoys is which really shows through. Closing the release is Bruised, the bluesiest track on the release. Of particular note on this track is a standout sax solo by Stuart Elliot. This is a cool release and a follow up to early rock and rock a billy bands as well as a sister to bands such as Social Distortion and Stray Cats. If this is your bag... this is really cool. If not, I'll bet you'll still find it enjoyable to listen to.

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