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EP Review: Toseland – Hearts & Bones

I think it’s fair to say that Toseland made quite an impact last year. They released their debut album Renegades to near enough universally good reviews and shared stages with the likes of Aerosmith and Status Quo among others. That’s not a bad start I’m sure you’ll agree.

Well the guys are now back with the follow up to that album, an EP called Hearts And Bones as well as a full UK tour. You can find details of the remaining tour dates below; check out their website for ticket info.

The rundown on the band goes a little something like this; they are fronted by double superbike world champion James Toseland on vocals and he is accompanied by Zurab Melua (Guitar) Ed Bramford (Guitar) Roger Davis (Bass) and Joe Yoshida (Drums). Now I think it’s time to talk about the actual music.

The 3 track EP kicks off with title track Hearts And Bones, and what a great way to get started it is too. I have always loved that old fashion straight hard rock and roll sound so this EP, and this band are right up my street to be honest. The track is in the kind of Slash and Myles Kennedy World On Fire album mould and it sounds awesome. The main riff will get your head nodding while the solo which follows later on will have you dusting down that air guitar. It’s no surprise that this tune was the lead single to the project as it has a great hook that will get stuck in your head; it’s tailor made for singing along to.

The Closer I Get has this cracking stomping drumbeat that has got AC/DC written all over it, and that my friends is always a damn fine thing. I got about 2 minutes into the track and I was already dying to hear it live. It sounds massive. Some songs are just built to be played incredibly loudly in front of big ass crowds of people and this is one of them. Again the guitar work is outstanding and the vocal from Mr Toseland is totally on point.

Final track Reward is a cover of the 1981 hit from The Teardrop Explodes. This version is so different to the original that I didn’t actually recognise it to begin with. Personally I hate it when bands do what I call karaoke versions of songs where they just basically just replay the song again exactly in the style of the original, so the fact that this rendition is so very Toseland is brilliant. Having said that I did kind of miss the brass from the 81 version, although there is no way in hell it could have been crowbarred in here.

As you’ve probably gathered I liked this EP quite a bit. The 2 original tracks are quality and the cover doesn’t let the side down at all. The band’s album last year somehow passed me by but this record has inspired me to go and lay my hands on a copy, Toseland have just gained a new fan. Great little record I just wish that there was more of it.

Hearts And Bones is out now

Remaining tour dates

Mon 13th Newcastle, Think Tank

Tues 14th Edinburgh, Electric Circus

Wed 15th Manchester, Academy 3

Thurs 16th Stoke, Sugarmill

Fri 17th Norwich, Waterfront Studio

Sun 19th Reading, Bowery District

Mon 20th Bristol, Fleece

Tues 21st Exeter, Cavern

Wed 22nd Southampton, Joiners


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