Broken Witt Rebels explode into life with their debut album
Broken Witt Rebels – Broken Witt Rebels (Snakefarm Records)
Genre – Blues Rock
Broken Witt Rebels have quickly become a RUSHONROCK favourite, and their self-titled, full length debut has proved more than worth the wait. After signing to Spinefarm Records, their new album has the major label backing it deserves, because folks…. This is an absolute belter.
The Brummie four piece have absolutely everything in their locker, and years of hard work has brought a rugged grit to their blues rock sound. If you’re new to Broken Witt Rebels, think The Temperance Movement, Kaleo, Kings of Leon and The Cadillac Three all wrapped up in a ball of rip roaring rock gold.
The album itself has been in the work for a number of years, and includes a number of remastered tracks from their three EPs, including Georgia Pine, Guns, Shake Me Down and Howlin’. The remastered versions of these tracks has increased their production quality and given them a new lease of life, ensuring they sit firmly beside their new ones without looking out of place.
Broken Witt Rebels get a lot of attention for Danny Core’s raspy, emotive vocals that allow him to bare his soul with his music, but The Rebels have much, much more in their locker than just a great frontman. On lead guitar, James Tranter has the skills to match some of the biggest and best lead guitarists in rock, but what really stands out is his effortless approach the complexities of his craft.
Their rhythm section, made up of James Dudley and Luke Davis, have an incredible understanding, and they’ve brought to this record what they’ve been bringing to audiences all over the world for years. Last year’s big single Guns, is arguably the track that really highlights the individual qualities of all four members, and just how they bring it all together as a fearsome live act.
Broken Witt Rebels’ live act is now extremely polished, but it’s also brilliantly raw. It’s got that rough and ready approach that makes for excitement, and that energy has been captured on the record, particularly with Danny’s vocals. Tracks like Low, Snake Eyes and Getaway Man are filled with southern rock sounds, overlaid with Danny’s big grizzly vocals that are about as far removed from his Birmingham accent as you can get.
To wrap up an album that contains a first class mix of electronic, rock and blues sounds Broken Witt Rebels have opted to close the album with a track that tips it’s hat more towards Kings of Leon’s modern sounds, in Wait For You. The closing number is one of the most polished on the album, and it’s a radio friendly, rock gem that shows their ability to write slightly more mellow rock songs.
Broken Witt Rebels are a band with all the credentials to be superstars, and as they recently told us, they can go toe to toe with the best. They’ve proved it with this release.
RUSHONROCK RATED – 10/10 More than enough quality to match their ambition.
Northumbria University Journalism graduate, rock and roll enthusiast and co-editor of RUSHONROCK.com.