Riot-inducing riffs, rip-roaring vocals, and provocative lyrics; Rich Webb‘s music is the sound of bar brawls and busted knuckles or as BEAT magazine accurately said ‘a Tarantino soundtrack’.
On the other side of the globe, this would be prime Americana, but with Australia-based Rich and his band of English troubadours, this is a completely new take – Australicana…or Aussiecana, we’ll leave it up to you.
Inspired by heavyweight songwriters such as Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan, Rich tackles weighty socio-political issues using a select few tools. ‘Let It Rain’, which is taken from forthcoming album Le Rayon Vert is the prime example of this ability.
“It’s a simple song about wanting an absolute deluge right now to wash away this all-pervading crap we’re in… and when it happens, we’re going to run with a lot of other people I reckon into the middle of a muddy field somewhere, shouting ‘hallelujah’! – and we’re going to dance a jig!
It feels to me like we’ve gone back to the 50s or something, with crazy ego-driven leaders making nuts decisions, massive power plays around stuff geared to make rich people richer, and growing social division. The few that have are getting more, while the rest of us are finding it harder and harder to get by and are losing personal rights and influence every step of the way. It’s time to wash all this crap away and start rebuilding a better place for us all to live.”
The album is produced and mixed by acclaimed sound recordist, Howard Bargroff, known not only for his work with a wide range of artists, but for his BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated work on TV and film, with titles including Sherlock; The Night Manager and Ripper Street. With a more than healthy live assault which has taken in locations as diverse as Australia, Switzerland and Cambodia, ‘Let it Rain’ is the perfect primer for the album: stuffed with riffs and eager to wrap its hands around your neck.
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