The Men­tulls

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The Men­tulls are a young Bri­tish trio that spe­cialise in blues rock with a bit of prog thrown in for va­ri­ety. Per­haps that’s where the ‘Tull’ part of their name comes from, but what­ever their in­spi­ra­tion this is a most im­pres­sive de­but al­bum that some­how de­fies their rel­a­tively ten­der years. The ti­tle track is pow­er­ful and haunting, with some beau­ti­ful sounds from gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist An­drew Pipe. The in­flu­ences of Peter Green and Danny Kir­wan are ev­i­dent in the tone of the guitar – rather than the phrases – and it’s a de­light to be re­minded of their tal­ents but in a fresh new way. Ayns­ley Lis­ter makes a guest ap­pear­ance on Time To Fo­cus – a tight, multi-lay­ered guitar in­stru­men­tal that of­fers another as­pect to the band. These guys need check­ing out in a live sit­u­a­tion and, as they’re tour­ing the UK in late sum­mer, we sug­gest you get along to see them.

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