March 07, 2019

The Lachy Doley Group: Make Or Break

The Lachy Doley Group are one of those blues bands people might have heard of, or more specifically their leader and the band's namesake, a well respected Hammond player whose fluidity and knack for funky blues rock is in high demand among his peers. His trio however is stil struggling to get higher billing on festivals or play bigger venues. Their fifth 5th Studio album is called Make Or Break, which doesn't imply that they will throw the towel if it fails to sell just yet, but after eight years some serious soul searching is in order.

This is a band that plays the right kind of music in a wrong decade. They have a loyal audience, but they are basically making the same album over and over again. Make Or Break isn't bad, but it feels a bit generic. Blues can be predictable, but it should keep the listener captivated. There are only short moments of real inspiration when the music reaches a peak and the sum becomes great that its parts. When Doley unleashes his inner Jon Lord or Steve Winwood and lets rip, people start paying attention. And that's when his rhythm section awakes from their slumber to earn their keep.

The Lachy Doley Group:
Lachy Doley: Hammond C3, Whammy Clavinet, vocals
Jackie Barnes: drums
Joel Burton: bass

Make Or Break is a self-released album. Buy it from his website.

  1. A Woman
  2. Cruel Cruel World
  3. The Greatest Blues
  4. The Strut
  5. Give It (But You Just Can't Take It)
  6. Into the Alone
  7. Make Or Break
  8. Mix Tape
  9. The Killer
  10. Can't Get Close To You

Live dates:
  • 03/08 Camelot Lounge, Sydney, Australia
  • 03/10 SS&A Club, Albury, Australia
  • 03/16 Glenmaggie Blues and Roots Festival 2019, Glenmaggie, Australia
  • 04/06 Mojo Burning 2019, Hamilton, Australia
  • 04/12 Pistol Petes, Geelong, Australia
  • 04/14 Way Out West - Newport Bowls Club, Newport, Australia
  • 04/27 Club Sapphire, Merimbula, Australia
  • 05/09 Harmonie German Club, Canberra, Australia
  • 05/10 Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Australia
  • 05/11 The Gov, Hindmarsh, Australia
  • 05/18 Theater Podium Heino, Heino, Netherlands
  • 05/30 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 06/14 Blues'n'Jazz 2019, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 06/15 HeyHoef Backstage, Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 07/06 Trandalblues 2019, Ålesund, Norway


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