Glasgow band the Works proudly profess to be ‘Glasgow’s finest rock and rollers’ and with their recently released EP, In the Oven, they state that case pretty well. In ten minutes and twenty-one seconds – and three brand new tracks, In the Oven is a confident display of the lively blues-rock that creates the Works’ trademark sound. The guitar-driven record is tinged with a rough edge reminiscent of British punk. This is topped off by Phil Anderson’s vocals which add a similar jagged punch. Opening track Vultures, though, shows versatility as rhythm guitarist Gareth Moffit takes lead vocals for the first time. His nonchalant delivery compliments the choppy twin guitars well to create a cool sound, more Libertines than Led Zepellin. Not to distance themselves from their blues-rockin’ roots too much, however, as Moffit delivers a blistering solo at about 2:20, singing along with its introduction. Think London Calling with Slash on guitar. Compliments must also be paid to the stellar rhythm section of Arfan Iqbal and Bal Sandhu, who play bass and drums respectively, and keep this moody rocker grooving. End of the Working Day is more typical of the Works sound; a roaring guitar lays the groundwork while a second, slick, lead guitar embellishes on Anderson’s screaming vocal line. Iqbal’s bass thumps through Sandhu’s drum attack, which climaxes after a long roll and build up before the obligatory guitar solo. Anderson’s laughs can be heard after a long and emphatic scream and it’s clear he is enjoying his passionate performance. The song storms to a finish just before the four minute mark. Finally, the Spring – as the name may connote – is a fun and funky tune led by a jumpy guitar and bass riff. It’s a song the Works, as the younger Moffit told me, had been jamming with for a while. Based off an Anderson idea, the band, finished it off together in one of their inimitable jam sessions. The song is all about the energy created by the catchy melody. This is varied upon a few times throughout the song’s two-and-a-half minutes and is, in my opinion, quite delightful. At around 1:20, the listener is treated to twin guitars, harmonising on the main theme. This feature, as always, suggests an influence from the pioneers of the twin guitar performance, Thin Lizzy. This is a comparison that the Works, I’d guess, wouldn’t mind too much. Overall, In the Oven provides an exciting three track window into the heart of this band’s sound; energetic blues-rock with a feisty punch.
Listen to In The Oven HERE.