“C4 Blues,” fresh from the concrete fields of Atlanta, starts off with a lonesome guitar signaling in Brother Hawk like a morning bugler. A few seconds later the track picks up speed, slashing away at a well-phrased solo that has hints of Duane in it. When the bittersweet howl of J.B. Brisendine enters, however, it is drowning in a swamp of warm and murky guitars. At times it feels like the other instruments are held hostage by the rhythm guitar’s overshadowing reverb, yet the song extends such a soul-wrenching and calloused hand to the listener that, if taken, it can pull you past the subterranean muck.
The track is a demo off of Brother Hawk’s upcoming summer release, Affairs of Plain Living. The album is currently being handled at Ghetto Josh Records and the band expects to be in the studio sometime in late May. John Henry Gloyne has reigns of the artwork. From the looks of the art released with this demo, it should be quite striking.
Brother Hawk has brought out their axe. They’ve made it certain that you will be licking your wounds. This cotton-carved epitaph is reminiscent of the Southern moon, birthed out of a peanut brittle blues that is caramelized and crunchy. Once ingested, you can feel it aching in you molars. This is the rotten South, and unlike a poison apple that has dosed an unsuspecting fairy tale belle dragging along some purse candy canine at her hip, this is an explosive siege upon wanting ears. This is real, this is redolent of life. When Brother is chugging down the track, you will feel yourself tonguing at the roof of your mouth, picking at the bits left over.