Kid Bangham and Amyl Justin – Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker

Here’s a very cool guitar-based blues record that gets ya jumpin’ from the first cut, the straight-ahead blues/rock of “Close to the Danger Zone.” Bangham is a versatile and interesting guitarist who has spent time with the likes of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

For sheer in-your-face shuffle playing, there’s “Face Down In the Blues.” Justin’s vocals are forceful and on the money, and Bangham can definitely do the job with the axe. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times; it’s so nice to hear a guy play this kind of music in this day and age and not sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

And these guys aren’t a one-trick pony. Check out the James Brown-esque funk of “Big Man Around Town.” Or the nice soul ballad, “Lonely One.” There are some nice instrumentals, too, that show off Bangham’s chops. This one’s a keeper if you like blues-based bands that grab you by the gut right away and don’t let go.

This article originally appeared in VG‘s Jan. ’98 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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