Posted on: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Steve Brockley Band

LeBoeuf Review – Penguin Eggs

When you see the image of moose antlers strapped to the grille of a late model automobile, you get a certain number of images – none of which involve teeth. Such an image couldn’t be more left of centre because, as you listen to these 10 feel-good originals, there’s no question as to where the beef is. The B.C. born Brockley formed this rootsy trio out of Montreal and LeBoeuf is a delightfully laid back affair combining the talents of acoustic bassist Kevin Bertram and drummer/mandolinist Leon Power, Brockley adding vocals and guitar. Self-billed as “greasy folk music”, this second release has much more than this might suggest. The effervescent Brockley could carry these sturdy originals with his singing and guitar playing alone. You can hear this in See You Again, subtly supported by Tyson Naylor on organ. Yet the choice of fleshing out the sound with a simpatico rhythm section, adding certain spices with guests playing anything from fiddle, banjo, pedal steel, and various backup vocals, defines Brockley’s sound as something more substantial. The singer/songwriter intro to Captain Joe depicts this difference, as the band enters to transform the composition into its dramatic, near-anthemic, final state. Brockley may tout Classic Car as a choice cut but Letter serves as something extra special to these ears. Sure, it’s a tad reminiscent of John Prine’s Sam Stone, but that’s not a bad thing. The band’s Lost in the City is another powerful track that showcases Brockley’s calm, gentle voice, the soft effect of the upright bass and solid percussion, and a slight edge to Brockley’s electric guitar. The final track suggests back porch Appalachia with its simple melody, banjo and fiddle. Great beer drinking music and a mellow mood maker whenever the night calls for it, LeBoeuf delivers. Whatever it is you want from life, Brockley & CO. are going to give you some. This is a band who’d be great to see perform live.
-By Eric Thom

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