Sometimes new bands come along and they sound like they are long-established classic groups. It’s rare, but when it happens it is often the result of the accumulated experience of the members of the band, no exception with Spanish Gold’s 2014 release South of Nowhere. All members of the trio have great résumés from their work with former bands.
The Amazing Snakeheads are a new group out of Glasgow with a fused punk-blues sound, quite literally as if The Clash and The Doors jammed. Amphetamine Ballads, unmasked Glasgow accent and all, is an excellent first release.
The Wet Secrets have been around since 2005, but just barely. They formed a week before their first gig, a show at Seedy’s in Edmonton. That’s ambitious, but the brashness is dwarfed by what they did in the week leading that up to that gig: they wrote and recorded their debut album, A Whale of a Cow. Having formed, written and recorded an album, and played their first live show all in one week, they rested.
The Wild Feathers are an excellent southern rock band based in L.A. (originally from Austin, stint in Nashville) and they have a sound reminiscent of some of the best southern rock of the 70s. The Eagles come to mind for the harmonies, and no wonder. Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns, and Preston Wimberly were all lead singers in their former bands. They can harmonize and they prove that over and over again on their debut, eponymous album The Wild Feathers.