Drownded

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Drownded Review from Americana UK

Date review added: Thursday, November 06, 2008
Reviewer: Paul Villers
Reviewers Rating: 9/10

Funky-country-country-funk

On this evidence Australia could be the new Canada (which was in turn the new Scandinavia) in terms of producing top notch Americana talent that isn’t actually American. The Ramalamas are five blokes out of Sydney who certainly know their way around their influences (absolutely no problem with that) and, crucially, know how to put that knowledge to good use. The core of the band, Chris Nielson and Paul Everett (singer/guitarists both), met in a café apparently. Poetic justice would have had this as a bar, spit and sawdust on the floor, toothless hag pulling pints of the foaming stuff since this would be the perfect setting to enjoy this stuff live. In terms of construction they are a little bit funky, a little bit bluesy, a little bit country – a pretty good amalgamation all in all. There is a story that Eric Clapton went over to visit The Band at some point in order to consider joining or recording with them. Imagine if the Faces had made that same journey instead and got down to recording over a beer or two and you have a pretty good encapsulation of what The Ramalamas are about. There is sufficient steel guitar and plaintive vocals to keep the country fans happy but for me the best stuff is the pop-rock riff and refrain like the hook filled “Tuesday Night”. If you don’t find yourself singing and dancing along to this beautifully played and sung ode to finding a good night out then seek medical attention immediately. At eleven tracks long and around the thirty minute mark this is pretty much all you could require from (a) a debut release and (b) the sound of honesty and integrity from a band that ‘know’

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released July 30, 2008

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The Ramalamas Sydney, Australia

For over a decade now the Ramalamas have been spreading the word to them that like their rock'n'roll with a bit of cosmic, their cosmic with a bit of country; a little Ronnie Lane with their Ronnie Wood; a lot Ronnie Biggs! If you like Neil Young, the faces, vintage rock'n'roll sounds with country, pop and folk flavourings then check us out! ... more

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