Blues Pills party like it’s 1974 on new album Holy Moly!

Retro-rockers Blues Pills overcome line-up wrangles to triumph on new album Holy Moly!

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Things have changed in the Blues Pills camp since 2016’s Lady In Gold (opens in new tab) album. Guitarist Dorian Sorriaux has departed, with Zack Anderson switching from bass to replace him. On third studio album  Holy Moly! (opens in new tab), there’s the addition of a notable a funk influence reminiscent of Deep Purple Mk 4, most obviously on Bye Bye Birdie, yet there’s still a garage-style blues underbelly. Elin Larsson (opens in new tab)’s voice is rich and dynamic; she wrings every drop of emotion from songs such as the slightly psychedelic Rhythm In The Blood and the brooding Dust. Anderson might not have the virtuoso touch of his predecessor, but this works to the band’s benefit. Holy Moly! sees Blues Pills maturing without losing energy.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.