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Shyfrin Alliance - Whiskey Blues (self-released)

29 April 2024

Anything that sounds like the product of The Stranglers, Kurt Weill, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The B52 all collaborating on songs for an imagined, lost 1967 The Doors album is going to be an exciting prospect, and that’s for sure. I know that such a scenario would require unparalleled levels of logistics and organisation, not to mention a certain amount of time-travel, as well as a few acts of resurrection, but you should now have a rough idea of what Shyfrin Alliance sounds like. And if not, then I shall continue.

“Whiskey Blues” is undoubtedly a title that conjures a style of music, perhaps a sort of ragged and nostalgic blues played on a dented National Guitar, and that isn’t a bad place to start, but it barely gets us a foot in the door.

Ramp that sound up, darken it until it sounds like the apocalypse is on its way, and add the sort of organ lines that the likes of Deep Purple’s Jon Lord would have wrestled you to the ground to get his hands on, some gorgeous gospel harmonies, abrasive guitar work, thundering tribal drum beats and a voice that sounds like the owner smokes 60 a day and gargles razor blades for kicks, and you are coming close to what makes this song, and indeed this band, so brilliant.

After that, you are on your own!