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'Live At Rockfield'
(Tru-B-Dor Records)
Out Now

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buck and eveans

Welsh based quartet Buck & Evans (named after vocalist Sally Ann Evans and guitarist Chris Buck) have been around since 2013 and this three track EP is their second official release - their first being a self-titled EP.

Of course, if you're based in Wales, then where better to record than the world famous Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, which has the benefit of being right on the band's doorstep.

The debut track, 'Ain't No Moonlight' kicks the EP off in fine fashion with its funky guitar intro from Buck and strong bass line courtesy of Dominic Hill during the long instrumental intro section. There's a really bluesy vocal from Evans which also allows her to showcase her vocal range later in the track, and the extended instrumental mid-section gives Buck a chance to shine with some simple lyrical guitar before the tempo builds back up.

Buck's guitar solo is very good but it never really tries to steal the limelight from the vocals, which still remain to the fore. All in all, though, it's a very enjoyable track and a relaxed listening experience overall.

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'Impossible' follows on which is another subtle number with the drums from Bob Richards (recently seen substituting for absent AC/DC sticks man Phil Rudd in the band's promo videos for 'Rock Or Bust' and 'Play Ball') and Buck's guitar kept in the background whilst Evans vocals are once again pushed to the fore.

It's an incredibly strong vocal performance with some subtle backing vocals from Richards, and if you add in the catchy chorus, there's nothing really to stop you singing along during the choruses after only a few listens.

buck and eveans

The final track is 'Screaming' which has another long instrumental intro with some Buck's guitar whilst Richards plays out a simple drum beat. The softer vocals show the band do subtlety really well, and just when you think you've got a handle on where the song is going, the louder chorus breaks out.

The guitar solo from Buck is a long and intricate affair but it's the vocal performance from Evans that is, once again, the stand out performance on the track.

With a UK Tour lined up for later this month along with a couple of festival appearances lined up for May and July, it seems the band are keen to keep the momentum going and with an impressive EP like this, hopefully it won't be too long before they release a full length album.

You can see the official video for 'Ain't No Moonlight' here:

You can see Buck & Evans live here:
Thursday 16th April – The Yardbirds, Grimsby
Friday 17th April – The Queens Hall, Nuneaton
Friday 24th April – Alfie Birds, Birmingham
Saturday 25th April – The Corporation, Sheffield
Saturday 30th May – Camden Rocks Festival, London
Saturday 25th July – Ramblin' Man Fair, Maidstone

'Live At Rockfield' Track List:
Ain't No Moonlight

Buck & Evans are:
Sally Ann Evans - Vocals/Keyboards
Chris Buck – Guitar
Dominic Hill – Bass Guitar
Bob Richards – Drums/Vocals

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