"The Mountain" by Brass Hip FlaskReview
Do you like your blues authentic & raw? I do. That's why I've been enjoying the new single "The Mountain" (available on all the usual major platforms) by Coventry's Brass Hip Flask. Comprising Stuart Mckissock on guitar & vocals with Callum Mckissock playing bass guitar & vocals and Anna Harris drumming, Brass Hip Flask seem to share an approach & philosophy with Stone Bear who have featured regularly in the magazine. It can be no coincidence that many of Brass Hip Flask were present at a recent Stone Bear gig I attended. Building a solid reputation through the time honoured means of playing a lot live, the band have been on many local bills, most notably with the similarly well regarded Duck Thieves & Shanghai Hostage at the latter's March EP launch at the Tin and last night's Cov Rocks event.
The single lives up to their self description of "beefy blues" with an attention grabbing & holding distorted guitar stopping & starting repeatedly over a solid rhythm section and echoing vocals above all that.
It reminded me in addition to its obvious roots in earlier blues to some of the west coast US blues bands of the late 60s: especially the guitar sound. That's intended as a compliment by the way.
I hope you enjoy the song as much as I am. There is little doubt I hope that you won't hear more of the band: their stock & profile are rising with increased media attention. I'm looking forward to also hearing a more stripped down set from them at the Magic Lantern on Saturday 26th October