Album review + video: BB Factory | First World Blues

This month’s Blank GC cover stars, classy Gold Coast five piece BB Factory, have an impressive track record in channeling sounds from the authentically classic and gritty side of blues, funk, rock and roll and gospel. A cracking live band with seasoned international musos oozing from their ranks, they’ve become a bit of a fixture on vibey nights out at a bunch of local watering holes.

Their new album, ‘First World Blues’ capably demonstrates the band’s righteous approach to capturing their renowned live sound.

Opening number, ‘Call Me Baby’, rolls on out of the blocks off the back of a pumping 12 bar blues workout, driven by the band’s exemplary rhythm section, including Aussie bassist Craig Hamilton.

‘Save Me’ is an insistent blues-rock belter with organ driven, gospel undertones, carried on home by the powerfully expressive vocals of US born vocalist Harold Jackson.

Dutch guitarist Pedro Verhoeven steps up to the plate for the track ‘First World Blues’, providing the lyrics and music for a smoothly uplifting, gospel infused number featuring guest backing vocals from NY singer Onyie Nwachukwu.

Meanwhile, ‘Howler’ grinds and oozes along to a bluesy swamp rock vibe, the track’s latter half elevating off the back of a stinging guitar break and some howlin’, funk infused vibes.

Further album highlights include the percussive heavy, Latin-infused jazz-rock burner ‘Like Fire’, featuring a banging saxophone accompaniment from Jacob Scesney, who’s previously worked with the Black Eyed Peas, amongst others.

While ‘Fantasy’ commences with a Led Zeppelin’ish homage before powering along off the back of a boogie rocking, good time vibe, augmented with tasty Hammond organs licks.

By the time the album’s final, slow burning blues number, ‘It’s Over’ (the first song the band ever collaborated on), comes around, it’s time to reflect on the realisation that BB Factory have delivered a dazzlingly authentic, real-deal manifesto of their ‘First World Blues’. Get onboard!

Watch the lyric video for the album title track ‘First World Blues’ here:

BB Factory gigs

13 May – Advancetown Hotel
19 May – Blues on Broadbeach, Oracle Boulevard Stage
20 May – Blues on Broadbeach, The Park Stage (with surprise guests)

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  • […] trajectory continues with their upcoming album, ‘First World Blues’. We were lucky enough to get a sneaky listen, and we can tell you folks, it’s a fun ride. Something that particularly gave me the giggles was […]

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