Heaven and Hell Records’ Jeremy Golden: What I’m Listening To

Saturday, 5th October 2013

I constantly have a lot of stuff crossing my desk and not much of it ever gets an immediate second spin. Usually I listen to it once and if I like it, I shelf it and normally go months sometimes years before ever seeing it again. Not much gets more than a couple of spins before this happens simply because there is always so much to listen to. But every now and then something comes along that I find myself continuously going back to as if I can’t get enough of it.

corsairA month or so back my fiancee mentioned to me that a band was playing downtown that sounded a lot like Thin Lizzy and that I should look into it. Well mention Thin Lizzy and you have my attention. When I looked up the information on the show, which was a bitch to find, I discovered that it was a band called Corsair. The name rang a bell but I could not quite place it, as I mentioned I see and hear a lot of stuff. Well, looking into them I found that they were on Shadow Kingdom Records which was a pretty good sign since most of the stuff on that label appeals to my personal taste. So I headed out to see these guys and so glad I did; their set was short and sweet, tight, and fun. It was in the back room of record store and it was one of the best live bands I have seen all year. Went to see The Cult the next night and they were not nearly as good as these kids.

Well I picked up Corsair’s self-titled full-length and both EPs that night and since then I have found myself going back to them over and over again. Hands-down this is some of the best stuff I have come into this year. There is no way to overlook the obvious Thin Lizzy/UFO sound in the music and the awesome duel guitar work. However another aspect to these guys is this sort of Wishbone Ash like hint of prog. Honestly I think if Iron Maiden existed in 1973, they might have sounded like Corsair.

I also got onto a Saga trip recently and had to run through their whole catalog. They have stayed pretty consistent over the years never really putting out a bad album. Now I’m on a Chicago trip; that being Chicago before Peter Cetera took over and then went off to fight for Danielson’s honor.

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