"There are many memorable songs that have earworm choruses and guitar pieces. The more you listen to it the more you will love it." | Paul Gregory - Fireworks Magazine
Husband and wife Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite formed the band after falling in love on stage and marrying soon after.
With their fresh taste of original seventies British Rock and Blues, the duo released their debut album ‘Blueberry Pie’ to rave reviews. They have played all over the world, from Australia to the main stage at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in the UK. They have had international radio play on BBC Radio 2 and charted Top Ten in the UK, Australia and The Netherlands. The band are Campbell (vocals, guitar), Starlite (vocals, bass), Steve Gibson (percussion) and various keyboard players. The lyrics cover all sorts of topics, like passion, sex, war and space travel.
Opener ‘Distant Land’ is a tremendous mid-tempo tune with a catchy guitar refrain. ‘Gaslight’ follows and is the latest single; it has a keyboard intro and a cool slide guitar with a Rolling Stones vibe going on. With ‘Language Of Curiosity’ both vocalists do the melody in harmony; it’s very reminiscent of sixties sounds with a chiming guitar. ‘Bad Sign’ is the first slow song; it has a lovely background piano and acoustic guitar which changes midway into a Bossa Nova-type section. This is followed by ‘Take Time To Grow’, another slow tune with great keyboard work, lovely melodic harmonies and a tasty guitar solo towards the end of it.
Subsequently ‘Said So’ has the same riff as The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’, but it changes directions a few times, and then morphs into a Psychedelic feel before returning to the main riff. ‘It Ain’t Right’ has a dreamy acoustic sixties sound with Starlite on lead vocals. ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ is a seventies Rocker complete with double-tracked guitar and sounding so very much like Bad Company.
The final two songs are ‘Lay It Out On Me’ which is a Blues tune; the lyrics are very emotional, the vocals terrific and the Gilmour-styled guitar solo is short and sweet. Then there’s ‘Ride On Cowboy’, which is a gentle tune with Starlite again on lead vocals.
This album has many different styles going on, but its roots are stuck firmly in the sixties and seventies, which in itself is not a bad thing. There are many memorable songs that have earworm choruses and guitar pieces. The more you listen to it the more you will love it.
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