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Album Review: THE BONNEVILLES

Ulster power-duo combine punch with songwriting panache.

The Bonnevilles

Ulster power-duo combine punch with songwriting panache.

What would bassless wonders around the world have done without The White Stripes’ demonstration that a two-piece rock band could make as fearsome a racket as any outfit twice as populated? Who knows, but on their debut album, this duo from Lurgan, Northern Ireland, show two can be a crowd as well as any British pairing out there.

They’re not just half-inching hoary old Americanisms either, as the coruscating, filthy fuzz of No Law In Lurgan proves. That punky crash-bang-wallop approach suits them best, and allied to the dum-dum gonzo riff of My Dark Heart, it instantly hits the spot.

They’ve got more in their locker, though – The Whiskey Lingers is a desperate throaty lament and Those Little Lies is an ear-pricking acoustic ballad to offset the noise. And when it’s followed by another crashing rifftastic two-chord belter, Learning To Cope, you’re all the readier to stamp your feet again.

Johnny Sharp
Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock