Case Hardin – Colours Simple

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 14.49.01Making their return to the C2C pop-up stages are UK four-piece band Case Hardin who released ‘Colours Simple’, their fourth album, in September 2015.

Singer songwriter Pete Gow, supported by Tim Emery, Jim Maving and Andy Bastow will once again be presenting their unique brand of country rock/Americana but in truth, it’s impossible to label this band.

Will they keep it acoustic or will we be treated to the full works including the sax that will be needed to recreate “Cheap Streaks From A Bottle”? We will have to wait and see, but in a weekend that promises so much, make sure your musical schedule includes Case Hardin.

The album opens with an 8 minutes tour de force ‘Poets Corner’.

An introduction featuring a kick-drum builds and builds, exploding into a guitar solo whilst Gow’s vocals dominate.

Other stand out moments include ‘Roll Damnation Roll’ a mandolin and slide guitar backed foot-tapper that will sound glorious live. Its 45 second slide guitar introduction is worth the price of the album alone.

‘(Jesus Christ Tomorrow Morning) Do I Have To Feel That Way’ has an early seventies Small Faces feel to it.

The general quality of the instrumentation on this album is truly outstanding, non more so than the aforementioned ‘Cheap Streaks From A Bottle’ with its souring sax solo and general soulful feel.

We then have another seven-minute highlight with the dark, moody and mainly acoustic ballad ‘High Rollers’.

Unfortunately, we didn’t catch Case Hardin at last year’s C2C festival. We don’t intend to make the same mistake twice. Make sure you check these guys out.