Chocks Away is the excellent new album from UK alt-country band The Blazing Zoos , imagine if the The Old 97’s had met and started playing together in a West London pub and you’ll get a sense of the their sound and style, the four piece are fronted by Australian born journalist and author Andrew Mueller (guitar) with Lara Pattison on bass/vocals, Gen Matthews on drums and Jeremy Jones on guitar.
Though there’s a certain Britishness to their brand of country-pastiche the band squeeze in great country blues stomper about an Aussie Rules footballer and a cover of Sergeant Small to add an antipodean twist to the mix too.
I first stumbled upon the bands music via a track that appeared on Volume 4 of the excellent What’s Kickin’ compilation series put out by Stove Pony Records which I highly recommend along with Chocks Away.
Hayes Carll returns to the UK next month in support of his forthcoming album Lovers and Leavers you can catch him live starting in London on April 21st.
April 21st London, Kings Place
April 22nd Bristol,The Tunnels
April 24th Glasgow, CCA
April 25th Newcastle, Cluny 2
April 27th Manchester, The Deaf Institute
April 28th Nottingham, The Glee Club
April 29th Milton Keynes, The Stables
May 1st Kilkenny, Ireland, Kilkenny Roots
Americana troubadour Austin Lucas returns to UK later this week for a series of dates before moving on the European mainland, he’s back in town to promote the new album Between the Moon and The Midwest, the new album see’s Austin take a side-step into country territory with a wonderful collection of ‘proper’ songs, the heartaches for real, classic country stylings are deftly overlaid with that magical Cosmic American dust that shines a spotlight on the songs and the stories they tell.
Austin Lucas – Unbroken Hearts
The song sequencing is just perfect on this album – with the tracks flowing perfectly from the opening lament of Unbroken Heart to the closer, and arguably the best track, Midnight.
Recorded with the help of Joey Kneiser and featuring guest appearances from a number of other Beat Surrender favourites including John Moreland, Lydia Loveless and Cory Branan it’s a record to fall in love with after a single play and one you’ll return to play over and over – highly recommended.