From San Diego by way of Buffalo, the Bloody Hollies play a loud, beautiful blues-punk that has made them one of my very favorite bands of the last 10 years. I have been shouting their praises from the rooftops every time, well, every time I've been allowed on a rooftop. Despite three brilliant albums, though, the stardom they would receive in a good and proper world has been elusive. That's a shame, especially because each album has been an improvement over its worthy predecessor, as the band becomes ever more careful about and comfortable with who they are. Frontman Wesley Doyle is a gifted guitar player with great garage instincts. He's not one bit afraid of his wah-wah pedal, nor is he afraid of taking a step back to let mate Joey Horgen have a crack at slide guitar. Doyle's vocals likewise have evolved from the Bon Scott screech prevalent on 2003's Fire at Will (ain't nothing wrong with that) to a near perfect wail that's one part Chris Robinson and two parts Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
See if you can handle this song from their second album, 2005's If Footmen Tire You (Alive Records), complete with the wah-wah and pretty much everything else.
Here's a live video of them playing a great tune off their last album, 2007's Who to Trust, Who to Kill, Who to Love.
And here's the official video for 'Satanic Satellite', also from the last album. This tune got picked up for a video game commercial that I heard during NFL games last year (can't remember which one).
So after putting out records in '03, '05, and '07, I was crestfallen when '09 came and went without a peep. Then '010 -- nothing. So you can be sure there was much rejoicing when I found out recently that Alive Records is releasing the new Bloody Hollies album, Yours Until the Bitter End, on September 13. Go listen to the entire first side at the nicely updated Bloody Hollies website and see if you aren't as blown away as I am. They haven't lost a bit of their edge, thanks in part to reenlisting legendary Detroit engineer Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, Ghetto Recorders).
This 3 song Soundcloud embed has 'Satanic Satellite' again, followed by two excellent tracks from the new record. I'll post more on this record when it's released. Start saving your quarters.
The BLOODY HOLLIES by alivenaturalsound