Friday, 31 January 2014

Record Review - Three Kings

Published in the Shortlist section of the Sydney Morning Herald, Friday January 31.

Three Kings

When three of Melbourne’s top exponents of the blues come together to form a side project, it’s a fair bet the results will be something worth talking about. So it is with Three Kings – Ian Collard (Collard, Greens & Gravy), Benny Peters (Benny & The Fly By Niters) and Jason Liusoon (Chris Wilson) teaming up to, as Collard puts it, “[just] get together to play the music that we love.”

The fruits of their labours have been laid bare then, with their eponymous debut, a real barnstormer of an album, drawing inspiration from the likes of Jerry McCain and Kid Thomas, a DIY affair that shows the blues for how it’s meant to be – raw, real, right on.

And it’s a party album – comprising a few covers, a couple of Collard and Peters tunes as well as a three-way co-write (the harp-driven burner Royal Flush), the pace barely lets up. Collard and Peters share vocals, the former adding harmonica and guitar, the latter just guitar, while Liusoon holds it all together with some solid tub thumping – blues album of the past year, no doubt.

Samuel J. Fell

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