Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs recently released their new album Luxury Hobo via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
Luxury Hobo sees Big Boy Bloater tackle some darker, personal issues following a bout of depression back in 2013. This is particularly apparent on the likes of the rather slow, sombre, accordion-infused number “I’ve Got The Feeling Someone’s Watching Me.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom, opening track “Devils Not Angels” is a raucous, catchy rock and roll number, accentuated by Bloaters gravelly Tom Waits-esque vocals. Tracks like “It Came Out of the Swamp” and “The Devils Tale” are gritty blues numbers, with some fuzz-fueled slide guitar play, and a tight bass groove which in places is reminiscent of the likes of Seasick Steve.
On the other hand “All Things Considered” packs a lot of soul whereby the Limits really shine with some wonderful backing vocals and some inspired keyboard playing. The first single from the album “Robot Girlfriend” and album closer “Not Cool Man” are textbook up-tempo blues rock Big Boy Bloater numbers, and will come as no surprise to his fans.
Luxury Hobo is genre defying with Big Boy Bloater himself often being typecast as a blues artist, but his latest offering traverses both blues, rock, soul with a multitude of influences thrown into the mix. Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs will hit the road across the UK in May in support of his latest offering.
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