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EARTHPRAYER, Proud Gallery, Camden, London
The last 12
months has seen a spate of new hopefuls unashamedly influenced by the
classic sounds of the late sixties and early seventies such as Rival
Sons, Vintage Trouble and St Jude. Earthprayer are cut from the same
cloth, but this London show took place in unusual surroundings.
by day, Proud is a surprisingly large space in the heart of the stables
area of Camden Market, and two good sized rooms were both hosting a
diverse roster of bands, with Earthprayer headlining the main room.
between DJ’s were playing dance music at a ridiculously loud volume, and
it sometimes felt as if the bands were an unwanted interlude among the
dancing. The sound was also ear splittingly loud and shrill for the
bands, totally unsuited to a band like Earthprayer whose appeal rests on
more soulful feel.
will inevitably invite St Jude comparisons, as they have a girl singer
in Heidi Jo Hines, who is actually the daughter of ex Moody Blues and
Wings man Denny Laine. Her petite frame conceals a strong set of lungs,
although I am not sure the 60’s Cher look of lank hair and headband was
a flattering one, while her stagecraft looked a bit uncertain.
band were industrious and solid, they very much left the on stage focus
to her, and nor was there much of a spark to their playing.
was that the faster songs all sounded rather samey with no exceptional
hooks to grab you, although 'Love and Feel' was the best.
pace dropped with a couple of slower bluesier numbers, 'Freedom' and
'Time for the Truth', the guitar work was just too basic to lift them
above the humdrum.
days yet for Earthprayer, but they need both more supportive
surroundings than this and a more distinctive approach if they are to
pick up momentum and stand out from the pack of other hopefuls.
Album review and audio interview
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