Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Blast from the Past: Movin’ On


Title: Movin’ On (iTunes, Amazon, AllMusic)
Artist: The Inciters! (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm, Yahoo Music)

Some time in-between the ska and swing booms of the mid to late 1990’s there was another movement, albeit smaller, that just never picked up much steam – soul. And by soul I’m taking 1960’s, boot stomping, horn section havin’ soul (ala Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, etc.). The most well known band of this movement (for lack of a better term) was The Pietasters and their brilliant album Willis. And as great as that album was, The Inciters! EP Movin’ On was better.

What made Movin’ On such a great release was the energy behind the music and the excellent vocals of Alana Turner, Bill Guthrie, and Brigid Dawson who provided excellent harmonies and gruff aggression at all the right times. These are songs that could easily be played next to the likes of Sam Cooke, Ike & Tina Turner, and Ray Charles while at the same time fitting in nicely with ska acts like Hepcat and The Specials. While the entire EP is really good, my favorite songs are “Hold On Baby,” “Movin’ On,” “Take What I Get,” and “You’re the Love.”

If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned acts I highly suggest you check out Movin’ On (getting the actual CD will probably be a challenge but the tracks are available online for download). On one final note, the band followed up Movin’ On with the length album Doing Fine. While Movin’ On was an extremely tight and well performed record, Doing Fine was not. The songs were good but the performances seemed to be just off and thus the record was a disappointment.

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