“In the fall of 2010, recent Brooklyn transplants to Kingston, Pat Harrington and Chris Turco, started to get together for some loose jams. Upon meeting each other earlier that summer, they realized quickly that they had the same musical influences and approach, it was only a matter of time before Turco’s drums made it into Pat’s basement… Harnessing their familiar background of classic rock, hardcore and heavy metal; throw in Pat’s new found affinity for pre-war slide-guitar blues and Geezer was born. Once the songs started to take shape, Freddy Villano was brought in to bring the monster low-end bass that he is known for. Best described as ‘Heavy Blues’, Pat says of Geezer’s approach, “We just wanted to bring the evil back to the blues, the devil’s music! Somehow the blues got co-opted by hippies and jam bands and made it all nice and fluffy, we’re here to change that!”
This is one of those albums that showed up unannounced in the mail. Those are usually the best kind. Handmade Heavy Blues is a deep and heavy blues based rock. Imagine The Black Keys with a bit more evil in them, n more “Lonely Boy.” Geezer even sounds a bit like Larmon Clamor mixed with a little Five Horse Johnson. Either way you look at it, you’re getting a heavy blues album that covers it all. There’s a fine mix of delta blues, swampy blues and classic rock.The songs range from that deep swampy sound to a bit more upbeat. The switch up keeps the album from becoming boring and feeling like the same thing from song to song.
I thought this album was quite enjoyable. It was easy to get into and throughout I found myself moving my head to it. When the album was over I found myself restarting it. It’s tht enjoyable. I found the band to sound a lot like the bands mentioned above but yet sound different at the same time. This is one that you should certainly checkout. The player is below so you have no reason not to. Handmade Heavy Blues is currently only available through Bandcamp but the band is looking to get cds and vinyl released sometime in 2013. This is one that would sound great on vinyl.