us rails Ivy (digipak CD, £12.50)label: Blue Rose
In the chaotic world of a rock band, 6, 8 or 10 years is a respectable lifetime. However, US Rails, Blue Rose Records' own supergroup, has set its sights on being more than just another short-lived entry in the music history books and continues to gain new fans, touring regularly in Europe, as well as in the United States. With three studio releases and a handful of live CDs, no one could fault the US Rails if they decided to take a break, but then again, US Rails are not just any band, and taking a break is simply not an option. In late 2015, US Rails, who formed originally in Philadelphia, PA (USA) streamlined down to a quartet of founding members Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin, Tom Gillam and Matt Muir with the amicable departure of Joseph Parsons. Arnold, Bricklin and Gillam have all released solo albums on Blue Rose as well over the past year, and toured on their own. In the meanwhile, the band has been continuing work on their most ambitious work to date, Ivy. Like the vine itself, the band is enduring, growing, insistent, and full of life. Ivy features the uniquely American sound that US Rails fans are familiar with. Containing the very comfortable elements of rock, soul, folk and the echoes of mid 70's Southern California, their voices still blend beautifully and are the focus, front and centre of almost every track. US Rails looks forward to taking Ivy on the road this fall with dates in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Austria and Switzerland. While all of the members of the 'Rails continue careers in music separate from the band, when inspiration strikes, there is an undeniably strong musical bond. There is still much to be said, energy to feed off of and right now there is no reason for this train to come to a stop any time soon!
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