Brisbane country-rock troubadour Byron Short has been busy since the release of his first album in 2006. The singer-songwriter has spent the past ten years touring around the world, playing sold out shows in Australia and America.
Byron’s fifth independent studio album Revelations sees him back with his band The Sunset Junkies, and shows his progression as an artist. With epic riffs and a distinctly rock ‘n’ roll swagger, Revelations is laced with catchy blues rock anthems from start to finish.
The album is an outpouring of confessional storytelling, with references to biblical imagery, as the name suggests.
“I may be a non-believer, but the good book sure as hell helped me deal with my demons one dark night. I hope my songs can help other people build their own impenetrable fortresses of hope, healing and dare I say – happiness,” said Byron.
Opening with thumping eponymous track, Revelations, the album sets itself up to be a bold blues rock extravaganza – and it doesn’t disappoint!
Stand out songs on the ten-track album include funky number Tunica, which is complete with female backing vocals by the fabulous Ellie Jane, unabashed rock anthem, Back, and Black Keys-reminiscent numbers The Rhythm of the Blues and Pills.
Also of note on the album is 9-minute closer track, The Mississippi -a calm, collected blues lament with melodic piano and twiddling lead guitar.
The overall vibe of the album is similar to Hozier, with a certain funkiness reminiscent of early Red Hot Chili Peppers.
With soaring vocals, walking bass lines, twangy guitar, and an organ sounding like it’s been ripped straight out of a church, Revelations just might give you a religious awakening!