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The La La Bird – We Died At Sea Review

The La La Bird – We Died At Sea Review

the-la-la-bird-we-died-at-seaReleased: February 2014

With a sound so steeped in the sound of the delta blues, ragtime and Americana folk, it is surprising to learn that We Died At Sea are actually based in Leeds – but don’t let that detract from the authenticity.

It is clear that the country quartet play it like they mean it, and have a genuine feel for the genre. Even the two chaps on the cover of second EP The La La Bird seen to be wrestling in a yard espouses the feel of the ‘20s and ‘30s.

The EP consists of five tracks which will have you foot-stomping, hand-clapping and yearning for the Deep South.

Minute Rag is a neat reworking of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s They’re Red Hot, and the modern production suits the tune nicely.

The EP’s best tunes are Ten Of Spades and Memphis Flu. The former sounds like it was made for front porch or back garden sing-alongs as it tells tales of gambling and substance abuse with some particularly special fiddle flickers. Memphis Flu meanwhile is a little more of an upbeat rock ‘n’ roll tune which wouldn’t have been out of place on an Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis record.

The La La Bird is good value for money at £3 for a CD and digital download, but more importantly it celebrates a period in music history which is becoming popular once again thanks to bands like We Died At Sea. Vintage yet refreshing, there is much to enjoy here.

★★★★

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