The Dustbowl Children Launch English Skies EP


dustbowl childrenHarrison Burdon reviews the debut EP English Skies released by The Dustbowl Children, a four-piece folk, blues and roots band from Falmouth.

The Dustbowl Children, a very fitting title for the newest folk/blues collective on the South West scene, presumably taking their name from a song by American country act, Alison Krauss and Union Station.

A genre seemingly brought into the forefront of the general public by the likes of Mumford & Sons is now buzzing and gives these four country-washed kids from Falmouth every chance to set the scene alight.

English Skies is the debut EP release from the band and by all accounts, it is an indicator that this band still has much more to offer. Forget a banjo lying beneath pop vocals because you’re not getting that here. Instead, you get an air of maturity with storytelling saturated in a typically British feel. From the energetic train-beats of To Be An Englishman to the dreamy aura of the title track English Skies, variation is not a problem.

These guys are not a one-hit wonder folk band who are going to write a great pop song…. at least not at the moment. They’ve stuck with their guns which are ultimately firing blues bullets molded from the ashes of ZZ top’s La Grange in their heaviest track Downtown.

The key in today’s music business is to find a niche and exploit it. Following in the footsteps of Cornish shanty band Crowns, The Dustbowl Children’s future is unlikely to be stagnated and this release marks the first step towards a positive future.

English Skies is available to buy via and the band will be holding a launch party at Jacobs Ladder Inn in Falmouth on Saturday 17th May, 2014 to celebrate its release.

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