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Ole English - Ole English Award winner

Ole English
Ole English
by Jean-François ‘’Jackal’’ Poulin at 19 August 2019, 11:43 AM

Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, the oncoming storm of OLE ENGLISH is about to hit big time. Their first release will be in stores and online starting on the 23rd of August and they have been having a string of shows to promote their new songs. This is only a 5 song EP but it packs a punch. Unfortunately, it’s like a girl that teases you but doesn’t show everything, it leaves you wanting more…and more.

This band dives into various styles of music, you have 70’s rock mixed in with Blues Rock but you also have those Stoner elements thrown in for good measure. This album definitely goes sideways, up and down and all around. They have an eclectic sound and some very good production. They can be down and dirty and slow and methodical while also having some toe-tapping beats.

This band reminds of the now-defunct GYPSYHAWK. Blues Rock with attitude and the Stoner Metal elements from bands like SLEEP amongst others. The song ‘’Visions of Ghana’’ is my favorite of the album nonetheless. This dives deep in the Sludge Metal and you really get this Stoner vibe throughout. A lot of the earlier Louisiana bands were the definite precursor of the genre like EYEHATEGOD and also CROWBAR. So it’s no coincidence that OLE ENGLISH got some influences form their compatriots.

Most of the instruments are heavily distorted and down-tuned, it goes back to the essence of the genre. Like I said beforehand, this reminds me also of the 70’s rock scene, unbridled energy and complicated riffs. They incorporate the different genres seamlessly and that shows a maturity beyond their years. You got some more slow-paced songs but some songs are groovy as hell. It’s a nice combination and these songs are quite original and it really spawned a great EP.
The band has a lot of promise!

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Paladin
2. Old Man
3. Heel
4. Visions of Ghana
5. Holy Roller
Lineup:
Lynden Segura  – Vocals and Guitars
Nick Harvey – Vocals and Guitars
Austin Wood – Drums
Magnolia June - Bass
Record Label: Independent
     


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