This is the first single culled from Miraculous Mule's new album Two Tonne Testimony and it's the band's attempt to have a summer hit that isn't the sort of thing you'll be embarrassed to sing along to. Yes, I'm a little late to the party but that doesn't matter.
The lead song The Sound Of The Summer lists all the good things that might happen over a glorious garage blues rock groove kind of racket before things go wrong and people are fighting and rioting and generally having it in all sorts of ways.
That it's the sort of groove that you want stuck in your head rather than Despacito or some other pop hit goes without saying. Well it would, but I just did. Although it was released at the start of the summer it seems to be perfectly in tune with how things are currently panning out.
The b-side opens with Ain't It Hard: a slow blues burner rooted in the electrified blues of the late 60's but married with a guitar that sounds like it might be one of those instruments that is fused to be a bit like a sitar as Michael J Sheehy sings about how hard it is to be a good man.
They then take on the blues standard In My Time Of Dying they recorded for a Led Zeppelin tribute album and while they bring the rock to it they don't make it sound as diseased and frightening as Diamanda Galas or Lydia Lunch's versions of it. Instead, they play it much more in that Led Zep style way and it sounds pretty good done like this and I do like the sort of acoustic breakdown just over halfway through.
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