"Face to Face"

an album review by Tony Krimzon

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Great overall production, song structures, intelligent arrangements and in-the-pocket performances from each of the members. 

Face to Face shouts loud 'n' clear "Rainbreakers are here!"

It was recorded at Monochrome Productions. Engineered and produced by Tom Gittins.

 "It was a very organic process with us working closely with him for the whole time"  

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From Shrewsbury in Shropshire this 4-piece outfit has been together for more than six years. With some previous recording to their credit, Face to Face, their debut album, was released on 31st August. 

Employing a classic line up of voice, drums, bass and two guitars, Rainbreakers grab instant attention with a basket of fresh and original ideas born of the British heavy blues bands of the mid-late 1960's and early 1970's, notably,  John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Free. Also obvious is the influence of the likes of American blues/funk giants, Little Feat and the Doobie Brothers. Rainbreakers stamp their authority on this debut album and their blend of styles or genre is ace!

Rainbreakers are

Ben Edwards Peter Adams  Sam Edwards  Charlie Richards

With the opening song, Heavy Soul , (previously released as a video promo), Rainbreakers unashamedly launch into solid guitar and bass riffs, powerful voice and  great lyrics that required turning my sound system up to concert volume. Lead guitarist, Charlie, is out of the blocks quickly and his solo is first class, leaving listeners eager for more. 

Track 2, Got Me Where She Wants is similarly riff driven and the mid section break is an unexpected treat. 
As the album develops through the third track, Ain't Nothin' Goin' On, it is increasingly obvious that these guys are not only drawing inspiration from the blues of the latter 20th century, but also some of the funkier blues-men too, Stevie Ray Vaughan springs to mind. 
Three powerhouse tracks to open and I'm ready to calm down a little and Lost With You gives the perfect opportunity to sink into the sofa, close eyes and drift a while. Charlie's instrumental break is 100% in sympathy with the soulful feel. Having grown up in the era that Rainbreakers are modelling their sound and style on, it is easy to reminisce. So many names come to mind. Aussi band Stylus had a big hit with the Seals and Crofts song Summer Breeze, a song that just has the right feel for the lyric. 

Lost With You has that same "just-rightness" about it. Drift away.

And then ... the title track, Face to Face. A truly impressively delivered song. Spot-on vocals, superb guitar arrangements, tight and funky rhythm section. This song begins with a definite '70's soul feel enhanced by beautifully controlled wah pedal. This, however  soon slips neatly into more of a blues feel. Into the chorus, which is underpinned with a neat and powerful riff, a much more rock feel. The first guitar break. a very nice and relaxed melodic section, serves as introduction to the second verse.  A superb guitar solo follows the second chorus and raising the stakes a little higher, now there are strong memories of Little Feat. Ending with a third powerful chorus, this song is morphs perfectly into one style created from, or at least reminiscent of so many ... and requires more than one play ... 

Need Your Love  continues the funky/rock feel that was slipped into in second half of the previous track and rhythmically provides a super-chunky bed-rock for Charlie to let rip.
... And so it goes on. 

Ten catchy and well constructed songs, delivered by a tight and punchy band and fronted with an expressive and powerful vocal. 

Arrangements, production, performance, all first class. 

This album is really good, as a band's debut album, it's right on the button.

" The best part for me personally" recalls Pete, bass player, "Was the challenging times. Tom (producer) really pushed us to pull the most out of each song. It was a test at times but getting the improved takes down and hearing the finished product was amazing!"