In his quest for good music, Ben Honisett (AKA The Blender) stumbles upon Gang of One from Oxford
The first thing that springs to mind when I play the first track from solo Oxford artist ‘Gang of One’ is that this is by no means a polished production. But then again if it was it wouldn’t suit the songwriting and playing style.
The western folk influences run strong and the composition is exceedingly good. Comparisons to Cash, Dylan and Cohen all spring to mind. The lyrics are typically melancholy and the tracks could easily jump onto a trusty steed and ride off into the sunset. The stories are there with a good country and western vibe and even a hint of Mexicana in the playing techniques. It’s a rooting tooting listen. It wouldn’t sound out of place on a Quentin Tarrantino sound track. Just goes to show you don’t need massive production, hundreds of chord changes, epic breakdowns and crisp mixes to create a top track.
Take some spit and sawdust, rub in the face of an el bandito – leave him to stir for a while until agitated. Throw in some Mexicana, country & western and a hint of folk. Glue together with some slightly sour lyrics. Throw everything into a barrel, blast a few holes in the side and then put your ear to it and listen until satisfied . . or you until you get splinters . . enjoy.
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