Backsliders, an integral component of the Australian blues scene since their inception in 1986, have recently released what may be their greatest album.
Currently a duo, slide guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Dom Turner and drummer/co-songwriter Rob Hirst are joined on Heathen Songbook by harmonica players Ian Collard, Broderick Smith and Joe Glover. Socially aware themes such as the plight of asylum seekers, expansion of fast food outlets in third world countries and uncontrolled overdevelopment in Sydney sit comfortably with blues covers and John Fogerty's Run Through The Jungle (about the proliferation of guns in the United States). Blues for the twenty-first century.
Heathen Songbook is available August 5 via Rocket