Out July 28
Risen from the ashes of Million Dollar Reload and Swanee River, there’s plenty here to suggest that suggests the classy Blackwater Conspiracy can be Irish rock’s next big thing. A bullish debut that leans towards Blackberry Smoke is clearly the sound of musicians who’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt – before taking a bold step towards redefining their future.
There’s a rich fusion of blues rock and country at the heart of standout tracks Blackwater Swagger (and this quintet isn’t short of that) and Shoot The Breeze and a deep sense of irony underpinning Waiting On Hollywood and President Joe. Blackwater Conspiracy don’t lack confidence but their self-belief is understated rather than overpowering: this lot know they’re good and they don’t need to shout about it.
Shootin’ The Breeze sounds like the work of a band that’s been playing the classic rock club circuit for decades on the back of a perfectly honed craft and expertly pitched songs built to last. Quite likely to shake things up on the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair this weekend – following a critically acclaimed turn at Download earlier this summer – Blackwater Conspiracy are a band to watch. Keep your eyes peeled.