BLUES MATTERS (P.89). AUG/SEPT Edition 2016.CD REVIEWs:
GEOFF CARNE AND THE HATZ
This album hits you in the face with a no-holds-barred barrage of blues played with passion. You have Geoff Carne on vocals, Mick Hatz on percussion along with Paul Mex on bass and electric piano. What you have on this collection is nine original songs by Mr Carne, which are all energetic and empowering. The opening cut Out In The Country has a powerful hypnotic riff, which is followed by the track Lost In You, again with a driving rhythm backdrop. Another Piece Of Me is a heartfelt blues ballad. Giving Me The Blues illustrates the driving vocal eloquence of Carne’s phrasing. Throughout the whole album, this lyrical excellence is evident with a vocal style is reminiscent of Free’s Paul Rodgers. Together with the Paul Mex’s bass-line and Mick Hatz’s drumming, this trio comes across as a force to be reckoned with. All this said, this album tended to me to be quite repetitive, lacking in light and shade, but still it is a brilliant showcase for Carne and the Hatz and wouldn’t stop me going to see them live.
Thank you for choosing Blues Matters and for your support and Good Blues to you
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Geoff and Mick work to give a fresh direction to the Rock influenced Blues genre.In a classic British style with emphasis on a strong song base they lie somewhere between the Classic Rock/Blues of 'Bad Company' and the alternative Blues of 'The White Stripes',hence the Indie Rock/Blues tag they've acquired.
Live-Geoff is armed with vocals and guitar while Mick provides the beats with drums/percussion.
Set-up in a two-piece formation,they have both Electric and Semi-Acoustic sets available.Normally they do 1 x 1hr and 1 x 45 minutes sets within a 2hr period,including some well known classic rock covers (i.e.Stones,Zeppelin,Bad Co.) for those who want to dance on the tables towards the end.
Work on the new album 'Get Close' was completed in January and released in April of 2016.
On going radio support has come from 'Get Ready to Rock' (incl. The Pete Feenstra Show),Tony Corner's show Rock-Radio UK,Big Boy Bloater's Blues Show at TeamRock,Pablo & the Blues Show on MyRock-Radio,Severn FM (Dr Wart Hoover),HRH Rock/Blues Show with DJ Moto,Stockport FM (with Rory Auskerry's Route 66 Show),Harry Simpson (North-East/Redcar),Radio Rcc (Italy),Flores FM (Argentina),Various 365 shows in the USA and Jango Worldwide.
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Production via Paul Mex (see Links for details).
Both CD's available at gigs are set at special price of £7.50 each or £10 for the two.
Major act support slots have included the likes of 'Snakecharmer','Focus' (Both at the Picturedrome.Holmfirth,Yorks) and 'Dr.Hook' (At the Watford Colosseum,Herts).
"Geoff Carne and the Hatz"
R2 Magazine (May/June)
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