GARY CAIN BAND
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From Kitchener, Ontario comes Twangadelic Bluesophunk, the debut release by Gary Cain, and it’s been a painful and frustrating journey to get its ten original tracks from conception to release. An injury which affected Cain’s voice saw him shun live performances, but this break, we are told, “was physically and mentally rejuvenating”, causing him to take stock, and re-appraise his approach to his music. He concluded that honesty to his muse, playing “what felt right” was his mission. Twangadelic Bluesophunk is the result.
If the album’s percussive single coil attack sounds heavily influenced by the Texan sound of Stevie Ray Vaughan, that does not limit Cain’s approach. His is a busy technique, with songs built on single string riffs, often modal, and although the guitar is a constant, it is never wearing. This fairly-unique approach to scales deployed over familiar blues structures, means that those looking for more traditional string-bending pentatonics will have to look elsewhere, or be prepared to broaden their minds.
Three-piece playing is an elusive art, the temptation, too often taken, to fill out the sound with volume. Tom Nagy (bass) and Don McDougall (drums) avoid this trap, providing the canvas for Cain to articulate his emotion via guitar and voice, always dove-tailing their support to the needs of the song. The rhythm section’s incessant funk accompaniment, Nagy’s bass in particular, provides the almost-essential menace associated with electric blues, with Cain’s vocals, engaging in their own way, almost polite in articulation.
Date added: Aug 16, 2017
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