As we announced the other day, John Butler Trio are back with a new album called ‘Flesh & Blood‘. We got a sneak peek preview of the album before it’s release and it did not disappoint! The 11-track album does not sway too far from the kind of music that you would expect John Butler to make. So for any fans of the solo acoustic songs, foot stomping tracks and distorted acoustic solos, don’t worry Flesh & Blood has all of these. But for those who like to see people step out of the box with their releases then this album has some fresh surprises too.
Flesh & Blood is the 6th studio album by the John Butler Trio and is released today, February 3rd 2014 in the UK. It is accompanied by a 7-date tour of the UK in April and May and I know I will be heading along to one of those shows to hear this album played live. This album sees a new lineup with the addition of drummer, percussionist and backing vocalist Grant Gerathy. One of the things that help to stop a style becoming monotonous is by adding in new talented musicians with new ideas and this is something John Butler has done regularly over the years. This album has a different injection of energy and style through this new lineup and no doubt the live shows will be equally as fresh.
As a whole the album has a live energy and feel to it, which is something that is often appreciated by fans. Acoustic tracks with flowing melodies like ‘Spring To Come‘ and ‘Only One‘ bring sun to the gloomiest parts of the UK and that’s quite nice here in the British winter. Only One was the first single from the album and features steel drums, driving rhythms and everything fans love about the John Butler Trio’s music. I can’t think of a better track to introduce the album.
Tracks like ‘Young and Wild‘, ‘You’re Free‘ and ‘Bullet Girl‘ show a more ethereal side to the band and add a touch of new style to the album. This style of soundscape is a nice addition and breaks up the album nicely as they are interspersed with more upbeat tracks. Of course, a John Butler Trio album would not be complete with out at least a couple of foot stomping, blues guitar riff driven tracks with gang vocals! ‘Livin’ In The City‘ and ‘Devil Woman‘ don’t disappoint on that front with their groove based rhythm and funky drum beats.
John Butler Trio are hugely successful in Australia and it is great to see that he is starting to reach wider audiences around the world with his roots and blues style music. It has been 4 years since the release of their last studio album, ‘April Uprising‘ and although they have released two live albums during that time, it was definitely time that we got a new release from this talented trio.
“I hope it can be the soundtrack for some great moments in their life and some shit moments in their life and I hope it can be there for them at the ebb of their energy wave and at the crest of it.“ ~ John Butler