TRACK REVIEW: Tino Johnson – Live at Factory Road EP | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Live at Factory Road, a five-track EP by Newcastle electric blues duo Tino Johnson was recorded live at Sound Inc studios in Blaydon, and is filled from head to toe with dirty, grungy blues riffs. Backed by the thunder and swing of drum lines throughout, and fronted by biting vocals, tracks such as Blues (As The Devil Intended) and the up-tempo rocker Nochevieja, provide a place for Tino Johnson’s inspirations of old-school blues, hard rock and psychedelia to intermingle, catalysed by the sullied sound of slide guitar.

Whilst Portrait In Black, the penultimate song, has more than a whiff of stoner metal about it, other parts of the EP are far bluesier, with a soupçon of faux naïf guitar lines à la White Stripes.


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