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Antigravity Magazine-Renegade Review

 

Renegade is a fresh take on soulful blues that only a bunch of bayou boys could pull off. They stay true to the traditional blues standards that most Bourbon Street players butcher, while offering a complexity and depth that listeners could relate to Incubus or Minus The Bear. The songs aren’t as raw as what John Hooker or Otis Rush did, but Renegade comes from the same place in the heart. “The Witch” opens the EP with clean guitars and big drum grooves that fill space. Theophile Bourgeois’ warm voice belts across the crunch of distortion, which offers tasteful support. Blair Champagne (drums) and Aaron Younce (bass) deliver accents that make the songs more impactful. “Hold On” is the anthemic single, the catchiest of the release. Despite Them Ol’ Ghosts being fresh out the pot, they have complete control over their sound and what they aim to represent. Some of their lyrical content may be unconventional for more sensitive listeners, but it can be admirable to tell it like it is, living and growing on the bayou. The title track closes the EP with a conviction that contrasts with some of the more impudent content of the release and scores a strong, final note. —Robert Landry