Steer The Wheel
Look, this album is a huge improvement – it actually sounds like music. The Playstation guitar tone and shitty songs on his recent EP suggested an all-time low just about, music’s nadir, not just Australian “blues” music’s nadir, not just Shaun Kirk’s nadir, it was almost the worst thing I’ve ever heard. (Always leave room of course for a band of plucky up’n’comers just about to email you a link).
So here, I can hear that Kirk can play – and there’s a fuller, sharper, better sound. But it’s still a tourist’s version of blues, even though Every Dog Will Have Its Day almost has some bite it’s not really anything to be proud of. And by the time of Two Hands On The Wheel we have an acoustic Jack White-styled track. This Melbourne musician is apparently doing great things for the Australian Blues Scene. So all the Aussie press clippings say. That just proves that the Australian Blues Scene and any ideas around what music is can (continue to) stand as mutually exclusive.
The plod-boogie of Find Me A Lady is an insult to the form – Kirk’s idea of a 12-bar blues being a song he can play in a dozen different liquor-serving venues without being booted presumably?
So, yes, I mean it when I say this is so much better than the Giving EP – which was like a plague in comparison. But this is still pretty horrible.
He’s just about to kick off another NZ tour though, so go check him out if you think I’m wrong. Maybe it’s a good live show. I’ll be busy that night of course, doing anything else.