"77" By We The Fierce (Chicago,IL)/Blues Rock/Released July 2016
The blues has been around nearly as long as the electric guitar has. The musical style was the basis for rock and roll and while numerous genres and sub-genres of rock have come and gone, blues rock has never really went out of style. Every era of rock music has had notable blues-inspired bands, including today with the rise in popularity of artists such as Highly Suspect, Wolfmother, and Clutch. Following in this vein is the hard hitting duo from Chicago known as We The Fierce.
We The Fierce is comprised of guitarist Jay Langston and drummer Dixie Duncan. Having performed, recorded, and toured together in previous projects, the two musicians decided to form a duo together in October of 2015. After gaining a following with their energetic live show and bombastic sound despite their simple set up, the band recorded and released their debut EP 77 in July of 2016.
The band embraces blues rock with open arms with their bass heavy, riff centered compositions with a heavy focus on groove. The songs are all typically slow to mid tempo giving the record a dirty, sludgy feel that echoes Black Sabbath and early Clutch. Unlike other bluesy two piece bands such as The White Stripes and Royal Blood, the band doesn’t venture much into showy, complex riffs preferring instead to beat their listeners over the head with pure, wall-of-sound power and simpler chord to chord guitar work.
The seven track EP opens with the groovy “Here I Am”. A fitting title for the first track, the song and its name acts as a declaration to ensure you feel the band’s presence. “Here I Am”’s swinging rhythm and the raspy voice of Jay Langston is equal parts lumbering swagger and confident style. “Mold” ups the doom and sludge vibe that may remind some listeners of Master Of Reality-era Black Sabbath. “Mercy” shows a softer, more melodic side of the band with an atmospheric vibe, falsetto vocals, and soul baring lyrics. Closing track “Your Love” showcases the importance of Dixie Duncan’s drum work to the band’s sound with his awareness of song dynamics. The percussion of this track acts as a secret weapon that controls the vibe of the song as well as being what drives it forward.
77 oozes confidence, style, and power that shows the experience and rapport of its two musicians. The heavy riffage, no frills percussion, and catchy vocal melodies are the base for a record filled with back to back bangers. We The Fierce are keen on making rock and roll in its most distilled and pure form. And they succeed at it with flying colors.