Blues Pills



by Voivod STAFF
January 26th, 2014 | 13 replies | 2,670 views

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let the heavy blues flow.

Unemployment is, if not the most unfortunate, one of the most unfortunate situations individuals will be called to face at some point of their life span. Some theoreticians of labour dynamics tend to beautify the situation in talk show panels and web/newspaper columns, saying that it is like walking in and out of a revolving door with a theoretically infinite amount of entrances and exits. The brutal truth, however, is that joblessness is a deleterious transition from treading solid ground to slowly sinking inside a quicksand hole, unless circumstances conspire otherwise.

When Swedish citizen Elin Larsson got fired from her day job, she spontaneously decided to spend some time in California. There, she met bassist Zach Anderson and drummer Cory Berry, and as all three of them shared a common interest for rock and the blues, they formed Blues Pills (sic), and started making music together. Preliminary jams yielded material good enough to land an EP contract with Swedish label Crusher Records and a slot for an upcoming tour in Spain. However, the band was still lacking a regular guitarist and literally at the last minute, French teenager (!!) guitarist Dorian Sorriaux was hired. Anderson and Berry had been amazed by Sorriaux’s live performance, during a show of their old band Radio Moscow in France. With the line-up completed, Blues Pills went ahead and recorded Bliss, whose material places the band among the best “contemporary” vintage heavy/blues rock outfits.

Okay, nothing’s new under the sun any more in the blues and hard rock, so the second best bet is to make good music that will grant repeated jam sessions and make hearts beat a little faster. Blues Pills hit the nail in all aforementioned respects. If Janis Joplin’s unfortunate passing had never occurred some 4 decades back, Elin Larsson’s vocals would have us believe that Joplin is still alive and fronts for Blues Pills. Yeah, it’s a blasphemy to compare Joplin to any other female rock singer out there, but Larsson’s vocals are really up her alley. At the EP opener “Bliss” she sings in her mother tongue, so those familiar with Sweden’s great heavy/blues rock outfits (November, for example), will have an additional reason to celebrate with what Blues Pills have put on the table. Instrumentally and sound-production-wise, the band slays. The rhythm section is propagating a tidal groove that’s hard to resist (especially in “Bliss” and the underground hit “Devil Man”), whereas Sorriaux goes off road all the time with his furious rhythm and lead guitars, the latter sounding as they’ve been played by a hard/blues rock veteran. As for the sound, it feels dirty and "analogue".

Blues Pills have drawn several wild cards out of their sleeves, in order to come into form and turn some heads over their side. While some may argue (righteously up to a point) that the outfit is simply more water motioning the mill of heavy/blues rock revival, those in need for genuine sensations in the genre, should definitely check it out. Almost all the great blues rock stories have already been told, still new and proficient narrators to remind us of these stories are always welcome.

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Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Bliss -

Astralplane -

Devil Man -

Little Sun -

This EP has been my daily jam for the past 20 days or so, check it out and resonate with its groove!

Constructive criticism is most welcome.

Digging: The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

January 26th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

Great review Voivod and thanks for recommending me this album.

This is indeed very well played hard rock. Their guitarist seems to have a very high potential so I'll be interested in seeing where this band goes. Their challenge will be in finding their own niche.

Digging: Saviour Machine - Saviour Machine I

Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

As we speak, the band is working on its debut album, which is slated for a 2014 release.

Really looking forward to check it out.

January 26th 2014


this is really solid, enjoyable blues rock for sure. nothing i haven't heard before but still really good

thanks for bringing it to my attention

Digging: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - High Life

January 26th 2014


Heavy Blues music is a treat so I will definitely check out this band at some point.

January 26th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Very well review Voi. Glad you 've recommended them to me. Indeed, their debut will be anticipated in agony

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Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys.

I've read in a recent interview they are going to try new things in their debut effort.

I'm curious to know what they are cooking for us.


Blues Pills - Devil Man, Live @ Hammer of Doom Festival 2013 -
BLUES PILLS Little Sun "live" Vosselaar,Belgium 2013 -

January 26th 2014


nice gonna check this

January 26th 2014


She has a fantastic voice. Can't wait for their debut album.

Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2014


Cool review, man. I need to check it out.

Digging: Hilltop Hoods - Walking Under Stars

January 27th 2014


Awesome review, I've seen this band on the interwebs before, but might have to check now. That 'teenaged' guitarist is intriguing.

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Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

He is an awesome guitarist, check the two YT links in my previous comment.

January 29th 2014


Listened to the first two tracks, this stuff is great. Also the singer sounds SO MUCH like Burke Shelley.

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