Preachers Son ‘Jericho’ – review
Right, let’s talk about Preachers Son. A most wondrous and tantalising mixture of rock, grunge and heavy guitar. They’re not necessarily new to the music scene, I suppose you could say they’ve had a few successful performances such as *Takes a deep breath*: Electric Picnic 2012, Volvo Ocean Race 2012, Le Cheile Festival 2012, Clonmel Junction Festival 2012, Vantastival 2011 & 2012, Festival of Fires 2012 & 2011, Canadian Music Week 2011 – featured in the CMW’s top 50 “Buzz Bands”, Ribbon Rhythm Festival 2011, Manchester Irish Festival 2011 (UK), The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2011, Glasgowbury 2011, Green Village Festival 2011, Temple House Festival 2011 & 2010, Indie Week 2011 & 2010. In fact, you could say they’re extremely well versed in the area of music and performing with a degree of ease and charm, all of which impressively shines through in their latest EP Jericho. After one full play of Jericho, I’ve gone from first time listener to definite long-time fan. There is something so wonderfully metallic in their music, the obvious influences of grit rock and grunge are apparent from the onset of the EP. The electric screech of guitar in their opening track ‘Jericho’ simply endears the ears to this group. The vocals are a sort of gentle murmur against the thrash of drums and cymbals and yet they’re never overpowering, simply complemented in the perfect of ways.
‘Come On’ has this more upbeat rhythm yet with a more soulful/southern feel, a wonderful combination to be found in a single track. Furthermore, the vocals emanate in a manner that is fiercely powerful and as it develops it is clear how much pivotal a role chord progression plays in this EP, with electric guitar shrilly working in the background. ‘Should Have Been Gone’ is a significantly more pared back sound, like a mixture of Johnny Cash vocals and foot tapping mannerisms of a classic Irish folk song. That’s really the charm of this EP, no matter how much modernity it imbues in terms of guitar and rhythm, it always seems to intrinsically link itself to its Irish heritage, something delightfully refreshing. ‘Unbroken’ maintains this untainted charm; it has a slow and drawn out quality that demonstrates why Preachers Son has such a list of acts under its belt. Its concentrated feel despite minimal effort demonstrates the musical prowess that this act has, definitely worth watching this Friday in Whelan’s with a few cold beers in hand!
Review by Elaine McDonald