Bolt From the Blue (2012)

With a sound comparable to The Beatles and The Who, and musical influences ranging from Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this brand spankin’ new Brighton-based band is definitely one to keep an eye out for in the near future.

The quartet consists of Eric Brunjes on guitar, Ralph Brunjes on vocals, Ben Hayes on bass and Niall Lavelle on drums. Lavelle is also the drummer the Gentleman’s Dub Club, a nine-piece ska, dub and roots/reggae band who performed at festivals like Glastonbury and Latitude and also supported many big-name acts like Roots Manuva and The Streets.

Howe just released their debut, three-track EP Bolt from the Blue one month ago, and while some songs sound like a straight up George Harrison riff (“It’s Not Such a Surprise”), others (like “Bolt from the Blue”) sound more like Guns ‘n Roses thanks to Ralph’s distinct, Axl-like vocals.

When asked to pinpoint the band’s musical influences, Eric also mentioned several other UK giants such as Radiohead, David Bowie, Blur and Radiohead, but surprisingly drop-named one American jazz/classical pianist: “My own idol is Keith Jarrett,” writes Eric, “which might come as a surprise but I try to replicate his emotion in the music that I write.”

You can stream the entire three-track EP at Howe’s Soundcloud page, and you can also get updates on any upcoming gigs or songs by signing up for their mailing list.

The band also plans on releasing another EP later this year, and are currently playing a string of shows around the UK; (more info here).

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