Rock Brothers - Straight To The Heart

Sunday 1st August 1999
Rock Brothers - Straight To The Heart
Rock Brothers - Straight To The Heart

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

It's encouraging to see more and more grass roots musicians having the courage of their convictions and with a little care and a properly applied budget, putting out good quality stuff. This nicely presented four-track CD EP is the work of Bristol-based The Rock Brothers, John East and Nick Hodges, and with the help of various vocalist and musician friends give us a taste of their self-penned material. 'Straight To The Heart' is poppy rock with John providing all vocals and instruments; 'Rendezvous in Bogota' has (unsurprisingly) a Latino feel to it; 'Follow The Sun' has a cheesy cheapo Casio-style synth intro, which transmutes into a crunchy rock song; and 'Warming The Nightime' is cool and laid-back with an insistent percussion base. Lyrically this isn't praise and worship by any stretch of the imagination, but careful attention to what's being communicated in the songs will show that The Rock Brothers, like The Blues Brothers, are on a mission from God, 20 minutes of well-played up-to-the-minute material that left me wanting more. How about it guys?

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