12 Jun 2015

Hey Bulldog / Makin' Friends Not Millionaires (single review)

Look in the NME or DIY or whatever, and you'll find lots of bands that are really, quite indirectly influenced by the blues. Take Arctic Monkeys or Kasabian; landfill indie? Probably. But blues influenced? Certainly. The guitar-based blues of Muddy Waters and BB King were gospel to the young Rolling Stones, who in turn are really no less than two steps away from being the main touchpoint for lots of indie-rock bands today. But taking the blues down a whole new route, we've got Manchester-based psych band Hey Bulldog, who are bringing out their latest FREE single to preface their performance at tomorrow's Manchester psych fest.

Makin' Friends Not Millionaires is guitar music at it's most expressive; stretched bluesy guitar notes are drowned in reverb, sounding like a beautiful amalgamation of Electric Wizard doom metal and the first Ride EP being played at 33 rpm instead of 45. Although maybe it's sonically got more in common with fellow Mancunians Purple Heart Parade, or San Fran fuzz-rockers Fuzz, it's drawn out solos and commanding guitar lines make it a masterpiece of modern music.

Maybe, you'd say, it's not completely game-changing, like its a pastiche of its influences, and you can't get away from that. But seeing as this band aren't far into their career, not only is this a good starting point but it makes way for them to go onto make some really special music later on. But until that happens, you've got this single, and you've got it for free, so enjoy it.