Australia’s Teskey Brothers present blue-eyed soul from Down Under, with stellar vocals, guitar, songwriting, and all-around panache. With an EP and two LPs to their name, their latest live album is a tour de force.
The band is built around brothers Josh on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Sam on lead. They’re backed by a rock-solid rhythm section of bassist Brendon Love and drummer Liam Gough, plus a three-piece horn section.
Among a set that never sags, standout tracks include “Crying Shame”; a stylish R&B riff augmented by a passing major-seventh chord creates an enigmatic sound. The vocals are spot-on great – think Otis Redding with a Melbourne accent. And the guitar solo is a gem of dynamics, emotion, and creativity.
The one cover here is John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” – certainly an interesting choice – that the band re-creates as tasteful, lilting R&B. It sounds so right.
The Teskey Brothers may not have a big following in the United States, yet, but that means you can be among the first to check them out. You’ll be glad you did.
This article originally appeared in VG’s June 2021 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.