Single Review: Bourbon Street Beat – Crossing On A Bend/She’s His Woman


One of the things that I love most about this website is the unbelievable variety in the kinds of music that I get sent. No two consecutive emails are ever even remotely the same genre-wise. That means I can flick between heavy metal, pop, indie and hip hop in the space of ten minutes and a few clicks; I absolutely love it.

Needless to say that when I saw “possibly one of the most unusual bands we’ve worked with recently” written in the press release for this one my mind was buzzing. Not only did the press release come from a source renowned for promoting quality music but seeing that word ‘unusual’ made my eyes light up like a crack addict on payday. The possibilities were beautiful.

Bourbon Street Beat are based in Manchester and these three guys, Iain Hammond (Vocals, guitar) Joe Morrison – Hay (Bass) and Andy Mackenzie (Drums) make the kind of music which we’re led to believe that bands don’t make anymore. The three men are indeed an indie band from Manchester but their sound couldn’t be further from what you are imagining in your head right now.

As seen as the sun is shining and I’m in a good mood I’m going to give you the lowdown on the B-Side to this new single as well but for a minute just sit tight on that one.

Crossing On a Bend is carried along by the kind of old school rock n roll riffs and rhythms that we are always being told died in 1960 something. These guys aren’t just some Buddy Holly tribute act though, there’s a lot more to them than that. Yes, all of those classic rock n roll elements are there but they are mixed in with your classic Manchester indie flavour and the results are fantastic. The track is catchy as hell and the slower more traditional indie section towards the end is a marvellous addition. This is such a brilliant little tune.

On the first listen B-Side She’s His Woman couldn’t be more different to the main single but when you break it down all of the things which make this band so enjoyable are still there. There’s more than a hint of an old country sound, (Think Johnny Cash in his early career) but again it’s the simple things which make the difference.  The song comes down to a great little melody and a great vocal, and that’s it. Nothing more and nothing less.

I’ve only heard two songs but I’ve already decided that Bourbon Street Beat are a great band. They can write a quality song, they love a good melody and come complete with bucket loads of old school charm. I mean what the hell else do want!?

Crossing On a Bend/She’s His Woman sees the 1950’s and early 60’s blend with 2015 in brilliantly simple, endearing and melody driven fashion creating music which needs to be heard.

Crossing On a Bend/She’s His Woman is officially released on 27th July.

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