Get Loose - 'Get Loose' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 13 February 2017 04:00

Get Loose artworkFormed early in 2014, Oxfordshire blues based power trio Get Loose claim to play loud and proud. The band, consisting of brothers Lee and Darren Castle (guitar/vocals and drums respectively) and bassist Dom Allen, have been treading the beer and piss soaked boards of UK pubs and clubs consistently and have played with the likes of Oli Brown and The Bonnevilles, to name but a few.  A good foundation for any band to begin with and the hard work and experience show on their self-titled debut long player.


Influenced by the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and The Stones, the band take those classic sounds and mix it up with their own contemporary take of The Blues for this, their debut album.


Get Loose take a 'no frills' approach to rock 'n' roll and sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered. Opener 'Forgive Me' treads a solid, groovy path as the power trio jam out the 'live in the studio' vibe. The guitars and vocals from Lee are dirty enough to compliment what the tight rhythm section are laying down. No messing about and minimal overdubs, it's like the band were jamming right up close and personal. The Answer and early Whitesnake come to mind for starters.


'Ride It Out' is a killer, blues driven rocker delivered with a sassy feel. Seemingly fuelled on nothing more than a bottle of whiskey and a pack of smokes this bar room boogie is the perfect soundtrack to a weekend piss up.


There's a comforting familiarity to the likes of 'Good Looking Woman' and 'Who's To Blame', the former with hints of a chilled Zep, the latter nodding it's stetson in the direction of ZZ Top. Pipe n' slippers rock n' roll some may say... "generic and formulaic"  I hear the naysayers scream!  Sure, Get Loose are treading well-worn territory, but they do it well - and to quote Francis Dunnery quoting Robert Plant: "Frankie baby, there's nothing original in rock n' roll"!


Their cover of Charles Brown's blues standard 'Black Night' is a live sounding bar room jam, with a ripping and more than competent solo that hits the spot and album closer 'You Can Have My Love' comes on all Bad Company to end on a high.


There's a definite knack to playing blues rock like you mean it and sounding authentic and Get Loose do a pretty good job of nailing all bases. It ain't gonna change the world, or sell a million copies, but this album is an enjoyable debut from a confident sounding young band with a bright future ahead of them.


‘Get Loose’ is released on 11 March.


Get Loose play The Bell in Bicester on Friday 10 March and the Wheatsheaf in Banbury on Saturday 11 March.