Saturday, 26 November 2011

Plugged In, Switched On: Alejandra O'Leary Band Drops Raw Rock & Roll

They say it's always better live.

Perhaps I have no idea who 'they' are and when exactly they were quoted on this, but I'm willing to bet that, even if you don't worship at the altar of live music, you have plenty of mates that swear by it. Especially if it's pure, rollicking rock and roll. 

And especially, one more time, if it's from the home of raucous garage rock that is Detroit, Michigan.

Following on from the rather splendid 'Broken Mirror Baby', released earlier this year (to the shameful neglect of these pages in not yet providing a full review), Ann Arbor rocker Alejandra O'Leary has gathered her band and marched up to Motor City to record a new live EP.

Fan-funded and in collaboration with a slick new recording model from GBS Studios, this 5 tracker boasts a couple of new cuts from the aforementioned new album, one from debut 'Nothing Out Loud' (which I dug into back here), and a couple of previously unreleased slices to boot. Of those, my favourite is very much the punchy 'Mine That Groove', which kicks off the EP in fine style and translates the atmosphere of the one room-one take recording to your own abode particularly well.

'When Will They Learn' - video above - shows a lighter side that slides back some of the raw energy but still maintains a rich depth that elevates the song. 

You can listen to the whole shebang on Bandcamp right now and pick it up as a high quality download for the wallet-friendly price of five Yankee dollars. Well recommended, if you dig a melodic mix of rock, roll, and raw emotion for your listening pleasure.

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