Something Else! sneak peek: California Breed, “Midnight Oil” from California Breed (2014)

Our second taste of this forthcoming Black Country Communion-offshoot band‘s self-titled debut finds California Breed riding a firmament readjusting beat from Jason Bonham toward lip-smacking heavy-rock nirvana.

Guitarist Andrew Watt adds a riffy accompaniment to Glenn Hughes dangerous purr, and “Midnight Oil” — another advance track, after “Sweet Tea,” from California Breed — is complete. A throwback in every way, this is a terrific combination of Led Zeppelin’s montrous stomp (right down to Bonham’s eruptive final solo) and Deep Purple’s Hughes-era funky slink.

And also, the kind of music Hughes should have been making when he instead descended into a drug-induced post-Purple haze into the 1980s. As with the previous offering, “Midnight Oil” is as direct, as lean and unfrilly, as anything Hughes has done for a number of years, Black Country Communion included.

That points to an album filled with no-bullshit rock, aimed not at the head but at just below the belt. California Breed is due via Frontier Records on May 20, 2014.

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Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.