BLUE NATION are a trio of Birmingham guys led by talented Guitarist and vocalist Neil Murdoch, with Luke Weston on Bass/ Backing vocals and Drummer Chris Bloor. They have already completed three albums and were recently singled out by Planet Rock as `Ones to Watch’. However they are not newcomers to the stage as they have toured the UK, played in the US and supported Skid Row and Toploader along the way. The Band cite Zeppelin, Cream, Rival Sons and Vintage Trouble as influences and it is clear on this new offering `The Kaftan Society’, that mixing the style of these heroes has produced something wondrous.
First up is `Gimme Some Time’, which was released as a single back in June this year. Its a grunge laid experience with guitar feedback and is a worthy starter. The album continues with melody and pleasant riffs,`Gone’ and ‘Be Back Soon’ don’t put a foot wrong with clear vocal harmonies and a cool guitar vibe.
Blue Nation don’t linger, most of the numbers are around the 3 minute mark, simple and upbeat as with`Rich Girl’ and `Cold Night’, however they are beautifully arranged and perfect for a chill out.
There are remarkable moody beginnings on `Good Times’ then the tempo lifts to another level and carries on into `Down By The River’ and `The Ranger’, making this a flowing, less is more accomplishment.
All in all `The Kaftan Society’, which was 12 months in the making, is a simple blend of original, well written and gushing melodies. With breathtaking vocals it is impossible to fault this work, it is so fine tuned. With a lot of media eyes on these guys already, it looks as though this album will put Blue Nation firmly on the sought after map. You can catch the band at their local venues, on Saturday December 1st at the Sunflower Lounge Birmingham, which is the album launch. Or on December 11th supporting ‘The Von Hertzen Brothers’ at Birminghams O2 Institute .
‘It is impossible to fault this work’
Highlights – Gimme Some Time , Rich Girl , Down by the River.
‘The Kaftan Society’ is released on November 30th 2018 on the bands own label, Box Seat Records. See below.