A double bill of the finest and filthiest… Heavy Garage Blues
May we introduce…
Firstly James Leg – Secondly The Bonnevilles
James Leg (aka John Wesley Myers of the Black Diamond Heavies, Lee County Killers) has just released his third solo album, Blood On The Keys.
Back in his days with the Heavies, Leg laid the foundation for his solo work with his down-n-dirty keys, fervent live performances and trademark gruff black snake moan.
Leg, the son of a Texas preacher, started playing piano when he was just six. Raised on southern gospel music, he began preaching at the church his father pastored at the age of 14. Two years later he became infected with the lure of rock-n-roll and eventually alcohol and drugs.
It was this contrast of good & evil, heaven & hell that would affect not only his music – but also his impassioned live performances evoking some sort of fervid snake-handling Pentecostal preacher in the middle of a lung- busting, jugular- popping sermon (albeit with a Fender Rhodes and you get the picture).
“Harbours wildfire in his breast” – MOJO MAGAZINE
“There is nothing like a Leg record and there never will be. No one plays like him. No one growls like him. And certainly no one rocks like him” – CLASSIC ROCK
“Part Howling’ Wolf, part Iggy Pop, he’s the new standard-bearer for the rebels, the new punk in a land of posers” – ELMORE MAGAZINE
“Long live rock and soul and pianos and devil horns” – POP MATTERS
The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn’t felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977!
They don’t so much play punk blues as use it as a spring-board to create a completely new genre. Their new album “Arrow Pierce My Heart” is evidence of a band at the top of their game.
“Ulster power-duo combine filthy fuzz punch with songwriting panache” – CLASSIC ROCK 8/10
“They can lay claim to being one of the finest garage punk blues duos in the whole world right now” – The Irish Times
“Arrow Pierce Your Heart is a scuzzy punk blues gem” – BBC Radio Ulster
Lead singer and guitarist Andrew McGibbon Jr had this to say to the Huffington Post when they exclusively previewed & streamed “Arrow Pierce My Heart”…
“We decided to write a love album, hence the title Arrow Pierce My Heart, but we aren’t balladeers so it ended up littered with our usual topics – death, rising from the dead, murders, drinking, drugs, sex, revenge and more revenge, but that’s ok.