Lace & Whiskey is one of those band names which instantly offers thoughts of the sounds they produce, in this case the name inspiring expectations of soft melodic rock. As their new single Confuse The Mind shows the UK band are very much inspired by and entrenched in that area of rock n roll but also bring vibrant additives of folk, blues and rock pop to their accomplished sound. Taken from their successful and acclaimed Running Out of Time album, the new track easily gives credence to the enthusiastic responses laid upon the band.
The East London quartet formed in 2008 soon earning a strong reputation live as they played throughout the capital and further afield at renowned venues such as Dublin Castle, Hope & Anchor, The Enterprise, Proud Camden and the Troubadour leading to an appearance at the High Voltage Beer Festival. Fronted by the punky growls of Andy Hodgson, the band line-up is completed by guitarist Melissa Collett, bassist Nick Charleston, and Aaron Smith on drums. 2010 saw the release of their EP Acoustic Shots but arguably 2012 with the release of debut album Running Out of Time, is where the band found a strong light of recognition.
The third single from the album, Confuse The Mind is a welcoming mix of blues and classic with elements of garage and southern rock to its infectious gait. From its initial note the song is a feast of sinewy rhythms, sonic guitar flames with an acidic melodic breath, and feisty anthemic vocals. Its stride prowls rather than charges along but the song is never reluctant to raise the tempo throughout to engage with further contagion. The guitar flames of Collett are especially magnetic whilst vocally Hodgson is passion, mischief, and defiance rolled into one earnest encounter, the whole combination ensuring the listener only looks their way.
Arguably the song does not offer anything new, its heart and presence seeded from well recognised sources but it certainly grabs hold tightly from start to finish for two and a half minutes of undeniable prime satisfaction. For very solid and honest melodic rock n roll you could do a lot worse than checking out Lace & Whiskey and Confuse The Mind, a release which certainly for us leads one happily into their Running Out Of Time album.
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