Americana and Alt-Country band, Angie and The Deserters release their new “Blood Like Wine” EP which is now available on all digital stores including iTunes and Amazon through Topanga Canyon Records. The band includes Angie Bruyere, Kyle Stevens, Danny Hulsizer and Chris Lawrence.
“Blood Like Wine” also includes the band’s lead single “Country Radio” which highlights a possible love affair between a female country fan and her idol. The band recently released their new music video for the single, which was filmed in Joshua Tree, California and directed by Mike Bruce (Black Mountain, Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, & The Dandy Warhols).
“Country Radio” jumps out with its driving guitar rhythm. The musicianship is stellar, which is a must if you are to be a success on this circuit. However, two things separate Angie and The Deserters from the pack: 1.) Angie Bruyere is an excellent singer, and 2.) The high level all-round quality of their songs.
The band fills out the sound so well that it really sets a great stage for Angie’s vocals. From the opening guitar crunch, to the shimmering organ interludes, this is a complete triumph of alt-country music.
Angie Bruyere’s voice really adds an important dimension and depth to the recording. Her rasp which blends traces of blues, roots rock and country is extremely captivating, as much as is her persona. And these qualities allow her to dominate a track in which all components shine brightly.
I had never heard of Angie or The Deserters before and they absolutely caught me by surprise. Indie music is often a hit or miss affair – great singer, bad band, or worse still, great band, bad singer. That’s absolutely not the case here – great band, and an even greater singer.
Not quite quenched, the band throw in country producer Jeff Huskins who delivers a superbly powerful and gritty production that reeks of Americana authenticity.
It has been impossible to listen to Angie Bruyere on “Country Radio” without at least briefly thinking of Bonnie Raitt. She echoes many of Bonny’s best qualities, although she’s no carbon copy, she’s all Angie. Angie Bruyere phrases with power, conviction, soul…and tender grace when she needs to, and The Deserters stay right up close to her every inspiration and creative spirit!