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The DGB: More Is More (Power of Three Records)

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UK release date 11.10.2016

The DGB is the Danny Giles Band. Danny on lead vocals and guitar, Pat Garvey on drums and Jon Chase on bass.

On their impressive debut album, “More Is More,” the usual trio format is augmented by Emerson Quiros on keyboards. Drummer Pat Garvey also takes on the producer’s role.

The London-based band offers up the heavier side of the blues, rocking out while channelling varied influences to do so; Band of Gypsies, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and more. They push the blues forward via rock and roll with a free spirited, powerful and enjoyable 10-strong set of songs written by Danny and Pat.

Danny Giles is a formidable and inventive guitarist, and I am more the richer for coming across him for the first time, on this album. Having spent four years touring the UK and Europe, the band responded to calls for a full album.

It is a dynamic power trio, who also know when to pull back to shed light and shade on the more laid back cuts. Danny has superb control on the guitar and really comes into his own on this record. His raspy, growling, passionate vocals (mostly) match the quality and impact of the playing. At times a tad too low in the mix, slightly overpowered by the music, for me.

Opener, “Leave This Town,” has a great hook, a ballsy hard rock song with a good groove, and blistering guitar solo. But second in, on the stand out “Won’t Let Love,” we get some incendiary 12-bar blues boogie, which sent the shivers down my spine. Conjuring up the likes of SRV, The Hoax, Gary Moore and Jeff Healey; Danny absolutely on fire. Close your eyes and imagine this lot in front of 30,000 fans in some huge arena, keeping all 30,000 lapping it up. No big leap of faith for me.

Danny’s whah-whah soaked guitar licks blend well with Emerson’s greasy organ skills on “Hold On.”

Laurence Jones and Alan Nimmo have some serious competition; we may well have just found another great white hope for British rock and blues guitarists on a global stage. One (s) to watch.....
Words SIMON REDLEY

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