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Album Review: Electric Mary – Mother

" I know its early in the year but check back with me at years end and I am sure you will still have me telling you it’s in my top 5 and probably contender for my album of the year. It’s just that good!"

Band: Electric Mary
Album: Mother
Label: Dinner For Wolves / Listenable Records
Release Date: February 22nd, 2019

Melbourne 5-piece Electric Mary, have returned with their 4th full length album “Mother”. Since forming in 2003 the band have also released 5 EP’s, a Live Album and toured relentlessly both as headliners and also opening for some of rocks biggest acts. The band,  made up of Rusty on Vocals, Pete Robinson and Brett Wood on Guitars, Alex Raunjak on Bass and Spyda Marrett on Drums, have always said they deliver “Rock N Roll, The Way It Used To Taste”, and they have always done a great job, but with “Mother”, they have taken it to places not visited before, and entrenched themselves firmly as one of Australia’s premier Rock Bands.

The album starts off with Rusty’s vocals kicking into “Gimme Love”, which is brilliant just for the groove alone. But when it comes to the swirling sounds of the breakdown you realise The Mary’s have switched it from straight ahead rock to a bit of a 60’s psychedelic vibe, but only as you just get into it, do you get sledgehammered again with that heavy groove.

“Hold On To What You Got” is quick and to the point, with no messing around at all, followed up by “How Do You Do It” with all of its 70’s Classic Rock greatness. Electric Mary are never shy to wear their influences on their sleeves but without disrespecting those bands by trying to become them. Electric Mary are their own animal, trying to break out of its cage.

“Sorry Baby” is up next, and honestly, it’s one of two songs that define the journey of Electric Mary and will be remembered as a classic song for a long time to come. A song full of emotion and the story being told I’m sure will resonate with so many listeners. Rusty shows how great a vocalist he is taking it from clean verses to all out powerful choruses with flawless ease, and the guitar hero solo is one to behold indeed.

“The Way You Make Me Feel” could almost be off the “Down To The Bone” album. Such a great straight up rock song. Some great riffs and again another ass kicking solo, which is quick and to the point, with the whole song clocking it and just over 3 minutes, it’s no frills all thrills rock.

I mentioned earlier two songs that with define the journey of Electric Mary. The second one is the next track “It’s Alright”, a catchy rocker with a great singalong chorus, that I am certain will be a live staple in the bands set. Really take in the lyrics when you give it a listen, and I’m sure everyone will take something out of them, that’s just for them. And the instrumental outro is the perfect way to end such an epic song.

The last two tracks on the album are the super bluesy “Long, Long Day”, and in fact it’s the longest song on the album. A real story teller type song where you have Rusty vocally doubling some of the guitar lines, and really giving it his all in between. This is followed by the shortest song, the last song, and title track “Woman”. The band teased us all with this song some time ago, and it really made people such as myself eager to get my hands on the finished product, such a great ending to a great album.

While the band have had some setbacks with line-up changes over the years, I think that they finally have all the pieces of the puzzle they need. The nucleus of the band as long as I can remember was always Rusty, Pete, and Alex. With Brett on guitar for some time now, they now have the “New Guy” Spyder on drums, who on this album shows he is the “right guy”. He plays for the song, plays for the band and shows his chops without the need to over play and lose the elements that make a great song.

I know its early in the year but check back with me at years end and I am sure you will still have me telling you it’s in my top 5 and probably contender for my album of the year. It’s just that good!

Electric Mary are launching the album with the following dates

Saturday, February 23: Memo Music Hall, Melbourne Sunday
February 24: Fort Glanville, Semaphore SA
Wednesday, February 27: The Publican, Mornington
Friday, March 8: SS&A Club, Albury

They are also hoping to get around our fine country throughout 2019 before heading over to Europe later in the year.

Pre Order Mother now

Physical:
https://www.dinnerforwolves.com/product/electric-mary-mother/

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Electric_Mary_Mother?id=Bukirr4yooci6uoarcucsq7inkq

Apple iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/mother/1449861961

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5L1rOWU3saDGam8QkWPDqO?si=ggq92x0eRgS4x08_LHAZYQ

Track listing
1) Gimme Love
2) Hold Onto What You Got
3) How Do You Do It
4) Sorry Baby
5) The Way You Make Me Feel
6) It’s Alright
7) Long Long Day
8) Woman

Electric Mary are:
Rusty [vocals]
Pete Robinson [guitar and vocals]
Alex Raunjak [bass guitar]
Brett Wood [guitar and vocals]
Paul “Spyder” Marrett [drums]

Follow Electric Mary on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/electricmary/

About Electric Mary

While on writing trip to New York, vocalist & songwriter, Rusty Brown, visited the Jimi Hendrix founded Electric Lady Recording Studios. It was there that the infamous studio manager “Electric Mary Campbell” entered his life .. story after story of the rock history that wandered through the studio’s had Rusty’s head spinning, his direction was clear, and it now had a name “ELECTRIC MARY”.

Since then, Electric Mary have become globally renowned for their explosive brain-bending live performances and at home in Australia are regarded as one of, if not the best live bands in the country. This Melbourne band have held their own while sharing the world’s stages with some of the most revered names in hard rock. Whitesnake took them on the road, Judas Priest asked them to support, Deep Purple had them in stadiums, England, France, Spain and Japan came calling…KissAlice Cooper, MotorheadDef Leppard all followed and even after 10 years on the road Electric Mary continue to impress rock music fans and media across the planet.

2008’s album, Down To The Bone received rave reviews around the world, including Rock Album Of The Year ahead of releases by Metallica and Queen by the UK’s Birmingham Mail.

The band ’s third album simply entitled ’III’ became a milestone in the genre as Rocktopia reviewed: ” Already one of the more promising bands to have hit the scene in the last few years, ‘III’ keeps up Electric Mary’s high standards and is an album that deserves to see them make the next step into the big boys’ playground. “.

Classic Rock Magazine (UK) enthusiastically concluded ” ‘III’ is exactly the kind of album it should be mandatory for every CR reader to own“.

in 2014, The band released the infamous ‘The Last Great Hope’ mini album featuring live hits like ‘Sweet Mary C’ and the astoundingly moody ‘Already Gone’. Next came their live album ‘Alive in HELLDorado’ which was recorded over 2 Sold Out nights in The Basque Country in Spain. Mixed in Texas by American Producer The Machine (White Zombie, Clutch and King Crimson).  The album is a testament to the bands killer live shows and it’s no wonder they already number Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt among their growing number of admirers.

10 years, three studio Albums… a live album … three E.P’s… dozens of American and European tours… broken teeth, broken bones & broken records 2019 will see “The Mary’s” release their 4th studio long player ‘Mother’ and once again head across the globe to tour their unique Australian brand of take no prisoners Rock N Roll.

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