Geoff Carne And The Hatz 2018
Voodoo-driven duo deliver black-tar beauty of an album – or part thereof.
Singing guitarist Geoff Carne and drummer Mick Hatz are two immaculately dressed gentlemen who like their music dirty and soil it in style – sometimes separately and sometimes together. This EP find the pair plowing further into Delta-shaped furrow with a new energy over a quartet of songs demonstrating a few facets of the little ensemble’s method.
While the highly infectious, if deliciously viscous, riff of “Down And Out” serves as a tight trampoline for Carne’s voice to bounce off and hit Hatz’s disco groove, spiced up with a classic rock ‘n’ roll jive, there’s a rough but deliberately languid edge to funk that’s being fed into “Maybe Someday” until the heartbreak goes away and spikes choruses with hope. More so, a sharp-as-scalpel live-in-studio take on the band’s earlier single “Medicine Man” should help heal any wound the listener may share with the artists, whereas, given a fresh piano ripple, the previously recorded “Forgiven” is a solid slab of balladry which channels the group’s love for British blues better than anything else.
All of it, though, is only a teaser for what the duo are capable of. Time to stick the needle into an album, lads.