The Calling Sirens
Swiss singer and guitarist Bob Spring’s a prolific wordsmith who’s written and produced over 400 songs to date. «I’m a diligent songwriter although I ‘ve found it difficult to focus», he says. Wonder what things would be like if he always could. He and his band dubbed their style as ‘dark country’ and ‘junk blues’ and that they owe a bit of dept to Heartland rocker Bob Seger isn’t easy to miss. What with their impassioned singing, weeping guitars conjuncting with an unstressed piano and a beat with the energy to fuel a cross-country truck, emblazoned with melancholic tenors that are distinctly theirs.
«Go West Young Man» implored Horace Greeley and Bob Spring was quick to follow this adventurous call. In 2012 and 2014, it was Bob first with backup band and then solo, kicking off in New York to Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, Arizona through cities and towns, performing in honky-tonk joints and dives, peaking in a performance at the famed Whisky A Go Go on the Strip in Los Angeles. Upon return next was the release of the self-titled 2015 studio album «Bob Spring & The Calling Sirens», recorded with his current band and released as cd and on vinyl. Highlights of 2016 were them spilling the beans with the singles «The Darkest Place», «Spit Me Out And Lick Me Up» and «Gone when you wake».
Nothing gets a band as glued together as the trials and tribulations of life on the road. And it’s pretty noticeable on their current production of «Dark Countries»(2018), a tight and harmonious work of 11 songs. It features The Count of Darkness on acoustic and electric guitar, Silvan Stuerzinger on Rhodes piano, Guido Kaelin on electric and lap steel guitar, Michel Lehner on electric and upright bass and Andrew Kaelin, drums and percussion. The album’s a relaxed and understated affair, honest and authentic. Songs that make think. Songs that make you shake.
Live at El Lokal, Bob Spring & The Calling Sirens. Pretty darn right good.