Cult Icon are a five piece band from Birkenhead consisting of Jim Candlish (Lead Vocals), James ‘Peach’ Caul (Drummer), Tom Byron O’Shea (Guitar), Lee Barry (Guitar) and James Taaffe (Bass) who comically describe themselves in their Facebook bio as they are ‘5 lads from the wrong side of the Mersey’. They are emerging from the streets of Birkenhead through the perpetual darkness of the year that has been 2020, and breathing life into a resurgent Wirral music scene in 2021.
Following on from the success of their first two tracks ‘Cold Street Shade’ and ‘Peach Faith’ the 5 piece band released their 3rd track ‘Birkenhead Blues’ on Friday 9th April and it’s another stone cold classic.
Birkenhead Blues depicts a comical tongue in cheek look into the streets of Birkenhead which the locals will certainly pick up on with references to ‘Hamilton Square and the ‘George and Dragon’ pub which is situated opposite the building where a couple of the band worked and is a firm ‘karaoke night’ favourite with the locals after leaving their 9-5 jobs in the town. It’s an upbeat, “if you can’t laugh at yourself” feel good track with very bluesy/rock influences which rightly leads to favourable comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys and The White Stripes.
It’s a toe tapping, stomper of a wee tune with reverberating guitar riffs, fast paced drumming throughout and those gravelly, bluesy vocals. In essence the perfect summer time song for when “it’s ok to fall of the wagon there’ll always be a seat for you in the George and Dragon”.
Birkenhead Blues was recorded at Material Studios in Liverpool, and the band intend to release their anticipated EP in early July; just in time for the return of live gigs in the hope that their fans can be there singing back the songs to them on stage in true Merseyside style! Indeed, we’re sure that ‘Birkenhead Blues’ will sound phenomenal live on stage when the lads headline their first post lock down gig at Jimmys in Liverpool on Saturday 24th July with support from ‘Rhine Valley’ and ‘The Causeways’.
Listen to Birkenhead Blues here now
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Words by ERIN POWER