Mudbelly: Mudbelly (digital outlets)

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Mudbelly: Mudbelly (digital outlets)
Quite how this Christchurch rock band could have gone past us for two years is something of a mystery: they are an explosive, disciplined but grimy rock-cum-boogie band alongside the powerful vocals of Bex Barrett who can blow like a humid swampy breeze or howl like a hurricane tossing around Led Zeppelin.

Maybe its because they were off in the UK for a while, and presumably holed up in the guitarist's garage putting down these seven originals – the eighth, the brooding and heroic ballad Away, recorded in London – for this debut album.

These songs and their delivery are corrosively powerful (Bullet), throb with metal menace (Better Off Dead) or unleash Hendrix hell on a moody and shuddering blues (8.20 Miles High).

You have been put on notice.

Industrial strength blues rock which knows when not to be.

You can buy and hear this at bandcamp here or at their website https://mudbelly.net

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