I have been following The Ballantynes for a little bit now and have eagerly grabbed all of their 7"s released prior to this newest EP. I have to say, every time they put out something new I'm pretty blown away. This 12" has six new songs of the garage tinged, 60's soul revival music that they've been churning out over the past few years.
The band has male/female fronted vocals switching from song to song, so you get equal parts Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin love from this band. Or if you're looking for a modern day equivalent you could say they go back and forth between a more garage sounding Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and a more soul leaning Royal Headache. The production is incredible, the organ blasts adds so much to each track, but what really drives this EP home is the outstanding backing vocals that punctuate the songs. They add so much authenticity and energy to the proceedings. The Ballantynes wouldn't be anywhere near the force they are without them.
I can't recommend this band highly enough. The is the Ballantynes 4th outstanding release over all. Three 7"s and a 12" EP. Though you can string them all together for a full length long experience, I say it's time for the band to crank out that LP I've been clamoring for. I mean, surely the fact that I want to listen to it is more than enough reason to release one, right?
The Ballantynes - Liquor Store Gun Store Pawn Shop Church 12"