Smokin’ Hogs Review

If you’re a fan of heavy, dirty and groove filled chord changes, with a sound that combines elements similar to Seasick Steve and The Blues Brothers, then boy have I got a treat for your ears. Smokin’ Hogs are back with their second album Bite The Bullet, and it’s full to the brim with all the stylistic traits us blues fans love, slide guitar, harmonica solos, and deep in the rhythm bass and drums.

Steve Soer has a distinctive lead vocal style that perfectly fits the bands heavier blues sound, and also adds soulful, ballad like tones in songs such as “Life’s Too Short”. Further influences of the band come through in tracks like “Little Blue Eyed Girl”, which are reminiscent of others like ZZ Top – yet they still sound fresh and modern. The song of the album in my opinion is “Wild Flowers”, and whilst it doesn’t focus on their heavy duty blues style, its slower emotional tendency displays the bands flexibility.

A great sounding blues record, widely accessible and full of attitude, certainly a band to watch out for in the near future!

8/10

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