The Georgia Thunderbolts are here and no doubt, here to stay. These young whipper-snappers have announced their arrival on the Southern-Rock scene getting notoriety from the likes of Black Stone Cherry and the mighty Kentucky Headhunters no-less.
With that in mind, you already have my attention, expectations are high and I am glad to say these kids do not disappoint. A beautifully composed and mature EP introduces these guys to the scene and there is no doubt they will never look back. Kicking off with a swagger and the opening track ‘Looking For An Old Friend’ a benchmark is set and you can see the quality which attracted such high praise from the big players of the genre.
‘So You Wanna Change The World’ shakes it up a bit, with a grittier number that grabs your attention with its darker vibe and slamming guitars, you can’t help but feel the reverberation through the air from those amps. A killer guitar solo finishes off a classy number. ‘Lend Me A Hand’ steps things up a further notch with a gnarly guitar line that you know is going to an absolute screamer live, with a gargantuan hook you’ll be singing along in no time. A mighty fine tune indeed!
‘Spirit Of A Workin’ Man’ is up next and is a slightly more sedate number, with the two guitars playing off each other they provide a lovely nuance that really works against the backbone of frontman TJ Lyle’s vocals and the tight backline working together seamlessly. Sadly all good things must come to an end and we have arrived at the EP’s closer ‘Set Me Free’ which when it kicks off is reminiscent of Paul Rodgers vocal delivery from the Free, Bad Company days. If you closed your eyes you could almost imagine Rodgers tossing out these lyrics.
Another stellar tune wraps up one seriously tasty EP and a quality introduction from a fine band and without a doubt leaves you begging for more, I for one am ready for the next installment.
The Georgia Thunderbolts self-titled debut EP arrives this coming Friday, August 21st, and hot diggity it’s worth checking out!
1. Looking For An Old Friend
2. So You Wanna Change The World
3. Lend A hand
4. Spirit Of A Workin’ Man
5. Set Me Free
The Georgia Thunderbolts
Release Debut Self-Titled EP
Out August 21st via Mascot Records
Watch the video for “Lend A Hand” here: