The debut album of the same name is due for release this coming Friday 4th August and it’s a hard hitting mix of classic rock influences and swampy alt-country.
I spoke to Aaron just before the release of their debut EP in November 2015 and his appearance at the Southern Fork Americana Fest. You can find that here.
We jump in to ‘Pretty Lies’ with a bang with the title track, distorted guitar, strong backing vocals from the ladies of The Revelators and a tasty electric guitar riff. This is something that is common throughout the album, strong riffs, a steady rhythm section and meaty guitar tones.
‘Pretty Lies’ is certainly on the rock side of country, with tasty guitar solos and The Revelators know how to support Aaron. It’s Aaron’s voice and harmonica playing that draw me in though. He’s got grit in his voice and is a beast on the harp. Aaron told me it was the harmonica that he found first, before songwriting and it’s great to see it shining through on the album.
I kept hearing bits of Led Zeppelin and bits of Pink Floyd in the music. Which is a great thing, and this is not to even speak of the cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’. Aaron’s voice really gives the band it’s own sound that allows them to show these influences while carefully navigating the path of sounding original. I was surprised to see a Zeppelin cover amongst the songs, always a bold move but one that paid off immensely. The harmonica from Aaron, and some huge guitar sounds really drags you in.
Moon Over Mountain has an element of Nick Drake to it, the acoustic driven track before they close out the album with the rocking ‘Bullet in a Barrel’, ‘When the Levee Breaks’ and their epic, ‘Werewolf.’
These guys are a must see live, I can just imagine how big their sound gets and the energy that would take over the room. With Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators and The Miltones both releasing debut albums, alt-country, blues and rock are in an excellent place right now!
You can see Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators live celebrating the release of debut ‘Pretty Lies’ this Friday 4th August at the Tuning Fork with Sandy Mill & Band