The Bluehearts- Hurt EP

Review of The Bluehearts’ first EP, Hurt.

The Sheffield five piece have released their first EP, Hurt. Produced and mixed by Ross Orton (AM, MIA, Todda T), it’s a solid example of unpretentious, foot-stomping, ‘bring back The Wapentake’ blues rock. It’s a relief to review something modern which doesn’t pigeonhole itself in to alternative rock subgenres: emo-rock, screamo-rock, post hardcore – blah, blah, blah. It should be all about the content, not the packaging. This EP focuses solely on successfully replicating the tried and tested classic rock formula which served pioneers Deep Purple, Black Sabbath et al so well. The first two tracks, ‘Hurt’ and ‘Walk on the Water’, crash along at a modest tempo – giving the listener time to appreciate the strong, uncompromising vocals and crashing riffs. Final song, ‘Rise and Fall’ ups the pace a wee bit and boasts plenty of groove. After the ten minute EP ends, the listener remains gasping for a few more whets of that blues rock nectar. This is an exciting debut from a band that will hopefully spearhead a revival for Sheffield rock n roll.

7.5/10 Joe Food

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