Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun have a wealth of experience between them, having both been prominent figures on the British blues-rock scene for many years. During a chance meeting, they discovered that they shared a musical pallet that held a lot of common ground, and so the duo decided to embark on an exciting new project together.
The product of this musical union being their debut album Come Together. This being a perfectly apt title for a gathering of esteemed blues/rock minds such as this. Although the title itself has a familiar feel, maybe because The Beatles released a track by the same name, the song in question and the record is, on the whole, an original piece of work.
The retro aesthetic of the ’60s & ’70s also features heavily in the album artwork, which is best described as psychedelic. With lava lamp style visuals overlaid between images of both artists, this album in every sense of the word is classic.
Come Together also happens to be the first track on the album, and it’s a real earworm at the top of the record. Sibun’s guitar licks on this track and the second song, Let Me Love You, in particular, have a real Zeppelin like flavour and swagger to them. Whilst the heavy groove on the latter is also layered with some scorching slide guitar play.
An album such as this would not be complete without the occasional slow blues numbers. The pair switch gears with the rather soulful I Want You Back. And with a title like So Tired Of Living there is no mistake the direction the song will go in.
Of course, the blues isn’t supposed to be happy and Sibun’s dramatic composition is fuelled with emotion. His sublime fretwork and wonderful guitar tones are accentuated further by Malone’s stunning vocals. The song itself is a bit of an epic and the longest to feature on the record, but deservedly so. At over six minutes long, the track needs to be savoured to be appreciated.
Taste of Your Love further showcases the many different sides of the band’s repertoire with its joyous acoustic segments. The track also builds as it progresses. On the other hand, with Rabbit Hole the pair play without boundaries. With its foot-stomping beat, psychedelic breakdown, and slide fuelled guitar groove the track is a real melting pot of sounds and influences.
Keyboard player Stevie Watts features prominently on the up-tempo honky-tonk number Jodie. Whilst in-demand bass player extraordinaire Roger Innis’ pounding rhythms underpin the rather infectious groove of Lovelight. Some superb twin part guitar harmonies also feature during the closing stages of the latter.
One of the standout tracks of the album comes by way of the Malone written She’s My Girl. The track has undertones of the Rolling Stones, whilst Marcus’ soulful vocals and Sibun’s outstanding slide play make this one a joy to listen to from start to finish. This before the album comes to its conclusion with the sweet soulful blues of Everyday’s A Miracle.
Although their time together so far has been short, their musical chemistry on this record would suggest that Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun have been playing together for much longer. Come Together is the perfect representation of two of the British blues-rock scene’s finest artists and songwriters at the top of their game.