The Maladies – Without You By My Side Baby, The Deal Just Can’t Go Down

Another Australian band I picked up on from FBi radio is The Maladies; Imentioned them a couple of months back. I got their album – Without You By My Side Baby, The Deal Just Can’t Go Down – on the weekend.

It’s a fascinating mix of roots influences. Blues and country and gospel are the clear ones (they name-drop Dylan and Cash), but they rock in all sorts of jazzy, folky, punky ways too. “I Feel So Fine” goes through nearly all these genres in just one song; it ends so ludicrously you wonder if it was a mistake they decided to have the balls to just keep in. That’s the binding theme, pure guts and attitude and fearlessness. I love this album.

You can listen to, and download, “Song From A Hot Country” from my music Box on the right-hand side of my blog. I suggest you do.