Words by Adrian Ball
The Desperados are a high energy blues-rocking trio from Cheltenham and have just released their self-titled EP. With plenty of gigs behind them they have built an enviable live reputation, even being dubbed as “the UK’s ultimate party band” by Planet Rock’s Darren Redick. Praise indeed.
And with songs like Salt, Tequila and Lime, it’s no wonder. It launches onto your senses just like a fresh Margherita with fast paced, in-your-face beats, almost reaching rock-a-billy at times. This is a definite party song that doesn’t fail to put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. It would be easy to see this song making a big live impact with plenty of opportunities to dance till you drop.
The EP takes a turn with I Ain’t Scared Of Dying, which starts with a short, sharp shock before hitting heavy blues and country-rock vibes. The soulful guitar work overlays the drums with a now familiar gravelly vocal that fits in so well with the musical style.
The Desperados slows the pace and allows you to see a different side; punchy vocals with slow, rhythmic strums allow time to sit back, relax and soak it all in.
Going Down Slow is the final track and continues to highlight the talent on show. The song builds throughout and arrives at a psychedelic guitar solo before tailing off to end the most enjoyable EP.
The lyrics are delivered with fun and in a style similar to the B-52s. Long may The Desperados continue to rock and entertain us.