Silvertide - The EP
Currently on tour with Van Halen in the US, following appearances in support of Velvet Revolver and at the Download festival in the UK, Silvertide keep with the bluesy rock of The Black Crowes and the grunt of Guns'n'Roses but, equally, you can imagine them happy with comparisons to The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, all of whom are there to varying degrees.
The EP - the title is as daring as both their name and the artwork of this release - features four tracks from Silvertide's forthcoming Show & Tell album and whilst nothing on it is likely to be noted in a list of this year's most daring moments, it's the equal of The Black Crowes' Amorica if not The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion.
Mary Jane, itself a title that The Black Crowes would have refused for being predictable, opens with Walt Lafty inhaling deeply before the band comes in with sturdy, Southern boogie. Then again, refusing to put a ballad amongst the hard rock, Devil's Daughter and California Rain are little different from the opening track whilst only Foxhole Jesus Christ, with a slow ending on piano, gives the EP a change of pace. Were it not for this song's refrain of, "War, war...what is it for?", you could almost love it but with those six words, Silvertide reveal themselves as being as savvy with world politics as Culture Club's The War Song.
They're young and they've got plenty of time to make mistakes and to produce great rock so Silvertide can be forgiven a lot with this EP. That said, it's not bad and shows as much promise as The Black Crowes did with their cover of Otis Redding's Hard To Handle.