Manchester Ashley Sherlock releases new single Been Here Before. A big chunk of ’70’s inspired pomp meets West Coast rock. Nigel slips his hip-hugging flared jeans on and reviews the track for Louder Than War.
Ashley Sherlock, (not to be confused with The Sherlocks) is a Manchester-based singer/songwriter who is inspired, as he says, by The Marcus King Band, Gary Clark Jr and Chris Stapleton and Jeff Buckley. What we get on Been Here Before though is a full-on rock-out aural assault in the vein of Audioslave, with a Chris Cornell, meets Paul Rodgers style vocal.
It opens with a guitar-shredding riff of monstrous proportions, underpinned by a hammering John Bonham’esque battery. It’s big and bluesy and when the guitar solo comes in after a minute or so it’ll put a big stupid grin on your face! The song hangs off a huge arching hook and although Ashley compares his sound to the likes of The Cadillac Three, this track is way less country than that; this has less to do with West Coast and everything to do with London Led Zeppelin.
What Ashley’s Press Says:
Ashley’s material, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, presents a modern outlook on the
sounds of the deep south; combined with his fantastic vocal range and songwriting style. After several years, and hundreds of gigs performing as a solo artist, Ashley Sherlock has now formed a blues-rock trio and has been working on an album of new material. Their fantastic blend of gritty blues, falsetto vocal melodies and a jazz/funk-inspired rhythm section creates a unique sound
I love it, and with music turning its face toward out-and-out rock once again, this track could easily sit slap-bang in the middle of a full-on revival! Brilliant stuff and perfectly executed. I can’t wait to see this guy live!
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