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Hundred Seventy Split - 2016 Tracks

ARTIST: Hundred Seventy Split
ALBUM: Tracks
LABEL: Corner House Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Leo Lyons - bass * Joe Gooch - vocals, guitars * Damon Sawyer - drums

Additional Musician: Billy Livesey - organ

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's Coming Back Around * 02 The Game * 03 If You Make It To The Top * 04 I Grew Up On Muddy Waters * 05 Lonely * 06 Gravedigger * 07 Looking for a Sign * 08 She's Got The Mojo * 09 Tali Lights * 10 The Final Curtain * 11 You Can't Drink It



If you remember the late Alvin Lee and the band Ten Years After, then you should be familiar with the name Leo Lyons. Leo was the bassist there, and he moved onto this newish blues/southern rock sounding trio Hundred Seventy Split (who originate out of England) in 2013, after Alvin passed away in March of that year. HSS had actually formed in 2010 but Lyons and Joe Gooch made it a fulltime gig at the end of 2013. I haven't reviewed a genuine band of this type for many years, so giving this new album 'Tracks' a listen the other day, I thought I'd entertain the idea of reviewing this for GDM.

The Songs
It's a smoky soulful sounding album, with eleven songs to draw on. Obviously Ten Years After (well, the reformed version at least) would be one, early Bad Company is another, as singer Joe Gooch does travel down the path well trodden by Paul Rodgers. No bad thing for sure, so even though HSS have a British blues history to fall back on, there are some American hybrids in there too, including Foghat, especially when HSS go down the boogie route. Gotta love the true southern boogie of 'It's Coming Back Around', very Texan I reckon. 'The Game' takes a very modern British blues sound and wraps it up in a melodic parcel. I really enjoyed the laid-back acoustic 'If You Make It To The Top', the subdued organ backdrop adds to it as well. 'I Grew Up On Muddy Waters' maybe about life on the Mississippi delta, but the Hundred Seventy Split delivery method is reasonably heavy in an early 70's way. 'Lonely features a load of guitar soloing from Gooch, whie 'Gravedigger' the longest track, goes the way of an extended jam. 'She's Got The Mojo' is all about rockabilly, the ghost of the Stray Cats perhaps. 'The Final Curtain' gets kinda rowdy, reminding us we are living in 2016. Again, Gooch lets loose on guitar, this time with hard rock/metal connotations.

In Summary
HSS have released about four albums since 2010 on their own label Corner Store Records, but this is the first of theirs to cross my path. A varied album, mostly good, and one I enjoyed when left to its own devices.

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