Meet The Amblers
Some days I find myself deliberately debating about whether the carnage of a platonic music style with a three chord progression and an awkward breakdown every now and awkwardly then will ever be pierced with something more in depth and meaningful… And then other days I listen to good music…
One such “other day” I pleasantly lingered on a piece of music in the form of a debut EP by Johannesburg duo addressed as The Amblers. Once again it’s confirmed that whether the mention of derivation is made or not, the quality of creativity and musicianship is at the level of similarity to a band selling out eight back to back venues on an inland tour, hence that of international nature and quality. It should be a sense of pride when bands from within our own border like these blokes come up with a good product such as The Dustling Man which is their four-track EP released earlier this year.
Lucky for me, Jason Hinch doesn’t require much writing and analyses. The drummer and other half of this dynamically blues folky band needs little introduction as he emerged out of successful South African rock band, The Black Cat Bones. Ever since his days with the latter named, he’s played with some heavyweight names in the local Rock n Roll field.
Jason makes for such an accessible platform and open play-field for Justin Swart to roam around in and dance instrumentally like an attendee at Woodstock back in the 60’s… wild and free and passionately! Justin joins Jason’s cleverly structured drum beat to start off the opening track, Sometimes. As you approach the chorus it’s lead with a dirty, as dirty as you can get in a bluesy riff lick and it continuously flows into a catchy chorus that gets you hooked. Guitar tones form into a raw and authentic shape right through from the start to the end and the lucidity of knowledge about vintage tones carries no doubt whatsoever.
Well done Justin!
The stand out tracks to label the style and genre next to this two piece band, are the first two tracks on the EP Sometimes and The Dustling Man. Throughout the EP you can easily sense an effect of old-school on the vocals and intensity on the lyrics as well. Catchy choruses and intriguing versus link the style of music close to The Black Keys and maybe even some harsh in-your-face effects stamping them as almost similar to The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Nowadays it’s become somewhat of a treasure hunt when it comes to finding such originality and passion, let alone consistency. It’s exactly what it comes down to in actual fact and whatever you find around these routes are that of treasury as much as The Amblers are.
They’re currently working on a full length album and their music can be found on all digital platforms and streaming sites.
Go give these guys a legal listen and get a hold of their EP The Dustling Man.