"...When we talk about 'real country music' or even 'real music,' this band, with their dark yet realistic songs whose power is emphasized by their sometimes uncomfortable attack virtually define both terms. There is no artifice; just fourteen tremendous snippets from life that for some may be hard to take, but none the less is an hour of music that is incredibly rewarding. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if an ever growing cult sprang up around Feral, so buy the album, soak it up and you can be in at the start of something highly original and not manufactured by television!"
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"...Whilst much of the album is dark and often surreal, everything about the recording has a powerful integrity, with lyrics that have a potent, if dark, poeticism, strong melodies and vocals that cannot be ignored. They may not always be what many people expect of 'contemporary country' vocals but in my world they are not only welcome but are absolutely necessary to alleviate much of the 'wallpaper' music that passes for heartfelt and rootsy! Whilst Cindy's vocals have an appealing melodicism there is a noticeable underlying strength and determination that helps to root the trio to somewhere close to the contemporary world whereas Norman Carley's vocals are a force of nature that on occasions make Tom Waits sound like one of the Kings College choirboys who are so beloved at Christmas! Don't think though that there is only that rawness. His harmonies with Cindy are clashing but appealing and provide excellent and accurate colour for the lyrical content. He does have that deep, dark and quite incredible rawness but is also capable, as he proves on this recording, of moving into a slightly less raw, Johnny Cash territory. For the two vocalists to be able to project these often dark unsettling songs an incredibly solid foundation is an absolute necessity. They are fortunate to have on board Ed Cagnacci whose bass playing not only supplies that, but also adds to the musicality of these sometimes epic songs...."
After hearing the kind words that Mike Morrison of American Sunshine Radio had to say about our album - it wasn't a TOTAL shock to see that he reviewed it on his Americana website - but HOTDAMN WHAT A REVIEW! Highlights below - but head over here to read the whole thing: http://www.americanrootsuk.com/feral---aromatic-bitters.html
Well charmers - the album has been out for about a month digitally. Been listened to 1000+ times. Been purchased and enjoyed from Oakland's Wild West to the merry old shores of England. We've been featured on radio shows in Vallejo, the UK, and more. And now... physical actual CDs are for sale. You can get your copy by sending $13 USD to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your address in the notes field. If you are outside of the US - please pay $20 to account for international shipping. Emch is mailing CDs out via USPS Priority mail ever Tuesday. And yep - she is sending along a free sticker or button while supplies last. And as always - digital copies are for sale at http://musiciansareferal.bandcamp.com
the musings, rants, and ravings of an Oakland-based americana band.